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FY 2008 JAG Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $32,157)

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 County of Spartanburg will utilize their Fiscal Year 2008 Justice Assistance Grant award in the amount of $32,157 to provide the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) with resources to improve police performance and reduce departmental costs. SCSO will purchase two solar powered camera surveillance systems that will be positioned in high crime areas. Currently, the SCSO's Crime Analysis Unit identifies locations that have a high probability of theft, vandalism, burglary, street-level narcotics, etc. and deputies must dedicate time to watch for criminal activity which is often ineffective and costly in overtime hours. By installing the cameras in targeted locations, deputies can view footage for up to twenty miles and can transmit up to 24 hours a day. Video can also be recorded and displayed live on the internet. It is anticipated that the cameras will discourage criminal activity and improve the quality of life within the community.


Date Created: August 12, 2008