Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $146,531)
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 city of Wilmington is the fiscal agent for the Fiscal Year 2009 JAG award with New Hanover County. The Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office plan to utilize their funds to enhance their forensic records. Specifically, they plan to use their combined grant funds to submit DNA samples for analysis, which will then be recorded into a shared database.