Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $54,598)
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).
Berkeley County and the city of Martinsburg will apply fiscal year 2009 JAG funds towards essential equipment aimed at enhancing law enforcement services provided to the community. Specifically, the city and county will jointly purchase a wall vision system. The camera system will be used for tactical operations, and will enable officers to see into buildings without physically entering the premises. Microphones, in car laptop mounts, and in-car cameras will also be purchased. For administrative purposes, the county will serve as the fiscal agent for this award.