Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $20,885)
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states, tribes, and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own local needs and conditions. Grant funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice for any one or more of the following purpose areas: 1) law enforcement programs; 2) prosecution and court programs; 3) prevention and education programs; 4) corrections and community corrections programs; 5) drug treatment programs; 6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and 7) crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).
Berkeley County will utilize its Fiscal Year 2008 JAG funding to purchase equipment and training for Berkeley County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) personnel, including the Special Response Team, Investigative Division, Training Division, Uniform Patrol Division, K-9 Unit, and the COBRA Team. Specifically, the funds will allow the Special Response Team to engage in SWAT training and the COBRA team to attend Chemical, Ordinance, Biological, Radiological, Awareness training. Other specialized units will acquire laptop computers and video cameras. Also, the Forensic Unit will purchase digital cameras for crime scene evidence.
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