The Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Criminal Justice Assistance (OCJA), administers grant funds to state and local units of government and Native American tribes performing law enforcement functions for programs to improve the criminal justice system involving usage and sales of controlled substances and associated violent crimes, faith-based and not-for-profit agencies providing drug treatment programs, corrections and prevention and education programs, prosecution and court programs.
In 1987 the Office of Criminal Justice Assistance (OCJA) was established to obtain, administer and sub-grant to state and local government agencies grant funds from the U.S. Department of Justice and became the State Administrative Agency (SAA) for up to ten grants. Located in Carson City, Nevada's capital, OCJA's office is housed under the Department of Public Safety.
It is the mission of the State Administrative Agency to reduce violent crime and substance abuse in Nevada by extending support to law enforcement agencies throughout the state. Given the scale of these problems, it is clear no one entity can address these complex issues alone. Every discipline and agency has an important contribution to make. Creating a comprehensive justice system requires ensuring that the various components of the system work together through support and information sharing. The State Administrative Agency encourages applicants for the JAG grant funds to work closely with other criminal justice agencies to promote comprehensive, innovative, strategies to address community and statewide substance abuse and violent crime problems. The SAA also works diligently to coordinate Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds with other justice grants to further enhance Nevada's mission.
Two OCJA employees are dedicated to the 1033 and 1122 programs. These programs were initially established in 1989 and modified by the 1996 Defense Authorization Act, Section 1033. The program was developed to assist Nevada law enforcement agencies by using the federal procurement system for equipment purchases. Since beginning operation in 2000, the program has enabled law enforcement agencies to save from 20% to 50% over retail costs on equipment ranging from computers to gas masks. For more information visit 1033/1122 Program (formerly known as the Falcon's Nest program).