Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $40,438)
The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office represents approximately 127,000 residents and covers 664 square miles, with focus on the unincorporated areas. Over the last several years the number of violent crimes as well as homicides has been on the rise for Faulkner County and the cities within. There has also been a major escalation in the number of drug related deaths, gang activity, and property crimes. The objective of grant activities (purchase of equipment) is to ensure that deputies have the equipment necessary to protect both themselves and the public. JAG Grant Program purchases have allowed the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) to become better equipped, more standardized, and centralized. The current purchases proposed by FCSO will equip deputies with updated equipment necessary to continue the fight against opioids and other narcotics, violent criminals, and further prepare for any active shooter events locally and with other jurisdictions. FCSO would further use this equipment to provide a better work environment for deputies, which would help to ensure recruitment, retention, and longevity.