Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $64,219)
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states and units of local government, 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 will use the FY 2010 JAG award to enhance officer safety through technology upgrades, training, and addressing the overcrowding at the county's detention center. Grant funds will be used to update radio equipment (through configuration) in order to comply with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) mandate to narrow banding technology. Additionally, JAG funds will allow the sheriff's office to enhance specialized training for the Special Response Team (SRT), as well as hire a part-time screener at the jail in an effort to reduce the overcrowded population.