Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $14,246)
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).
Pulaski County will use their local 2009 JAG award ($14,246) to purchase in car video cameras, personal recording devices, and an interrogation room recorder for the sheriff's department. The in-car cameras have proven to be a deterrent to criminals and often afford an extra degree of protection for officers. In addition, the in-car videos can also record officer interaction with citizens and can be used as evidence to prosecute cases. With the addition of this equipment, officers will be able to supply recorded criminal acts, crime scene footage, and impartial evidence in a court of law.