Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $66,069)
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).
The disparate jurisdictions consisting of Wayne County and the city of Goldsboro will use their JAG award in the amount of $66,069 to purchase and install 12 digital in-car video camera systems for patrol vehicles. The city of Goldsboro, serving as the fiscal agent, will divide funds equally with the county for these purchases. The video devices to be purchased will allow officers to pinpoint, via GPS, any contraband thrown from a moving vehicle, or by a fleeing suspect. This enhances public safety as potentially dangerous items, such as weapons and drugs, can be recovered. Officer safety is also enhanced by documenting their interactions with the public and suspects, thus providing an accurate, objective account of the situation.