Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $29,390)
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).
The City of Gastonia and Gaston County are in a disparate relationship and have agreed to share the Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 JAG award. The Gastonia Police Department and Gaston County Sheriff's Department will use JAG funds to purchase equipment for their respective departments. Items to be purchased include: an 800 MHZ radio, high-speed license plate reading device, and TASER devices. Remaining funds will be used on training and overtime. JAG funding will greatly enhance both departments ability to serve and protect the public.