Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $31,116)
The Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program, administered by the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP's) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), furthers the Department's mission by assisting state and local jurisdictions in improving the criminal justice system and assisting communities in preventing drug abuse and crime. In fiscal year 2007, the Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program will focus on funding local, regional, and national efforts within six major categories: 1) targeting violent crime; 2) preventing crime and drug abuse; 3) enhancing local law enforcement; 4) enhancing local courts; 5) enhancing local corrections and offender reentry; and 6) facilitating justice information sharing. All categories combat, address, or otherwise respond to precipitous or extraordinary increases in crime, or in a type or types of crime.
The County of San Bernardino Sheriff - Coroner Division will use this grant to purchase a DEXIS' digital radiographic system with an extended service contract. The grant will also provide funds for on-site training. The purchase of the equipment will improve the quality and timeliness of forensic services in the identification of human remains and establish a database for the County's unidentified decedents. Furthermore, this equipment will provide the necessary tools for Coroner Division personnel to enhance the performance of daily functions and the ability to ensure accurate and improved crime scene investigations and human remains identification through examination of dental records.