Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $120,076)
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 the city of Gastonia and Gaston County will use the JAG award in the amount of $120,076 to purchase equipment upgrades for law enforcement. The city of Gastonia, acting as the fiscal agent, will use $60,038 to purchase 800 MHz radios to improve voice interoperability during critical incidents with first responders through the region. Gaston County will use $60,038 to purchase an integrated audio/video recording system, portable breath test units, training materials, speed detection radar, 800 MHz radios, security wands, an instant recall recorder, video cameras, educational and recruitment materials, and software. These purchases will help to enhance the resources of law enforcement within Gaston County.