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Mobile License Plate Reader Project

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $11,956)

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states and units of local governments, including tribes, to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own state and 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, including 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 and enforcement programs; 6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and 7) crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).

Cherokee County will use the 2009 JAG funds to assist in the purchase of mobile license plate readers for the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. These systems are installed on cruisers and allow a deputy to patrol at normal speeds while reading license plates. Each plate image can be recorded, date/time stamped, have a photo of the vehicle taken, and given Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates. This type of information can be used in the prosecution of potential criminals by providing witness identification, watch list development, placing the suspect at a crime scene, terrorist interdiction, and pattern recognition.


Date Created: August 26, 2009