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Improving Recording and Reporting Capability

Award Information

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Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $16,055)

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 Waycross, serving as the fiscal agent for this award, will share the Fiscal Year 2010 JAG funds with one disparate jurisdiction within Ware County. In a disparate situation, the units of local government must apply for an award with a single joint application. Each jurisdiction's allocation will be used for activities and projects that will provide meaningful and measurable outcomes consistent with the goals of the JAG program, including personnel and law enforcement initiatives. The Waycross Police Department proposes to use the funds to purchase digital audio recorders and necessary equipment to enhance the audio recordings of incidents in addition to the camera recording. The digital recording equipment will be digital personal recording devices to be worn on the uniform belt. These digital recorders will replace outdated micro-cassette recorders with the up-to-date technology. The Ware County Sheriff's Office proposes to use the funds to purchase lap-top computers for patrol vehicles. These computers will be utilized for reporting operations and for operating digital in-car camera systems. Their project goal is to improve recording capabilities for audio and digital recordings, for internal and external complaints for evidentiary purposes in court proceedings, and for monitoring of employee's work performance for evaluations.


Date Created: August 9, 2010