Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $16,185)
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).
The city of Aiken will use the JAG award to support law enforcement programs and services by upgrading antiquated in-car camera systems. This technology will provide the police department with persuasive documentary evidence for prosecution as well as defend and/or curve officer misconduct. JAG funds will allow the city to purchase digital in-car camera systems to replace VHS type systems.