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Camera System Improvement Projects

Award Information

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

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $48,249)

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 Valdosta, serving as the fiscal agent for this award, will share the JAG funds with Lowndes 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 city of Valdosta, through the police department, will use their share of JAG funds to expand their current camera system in use at the police department and at two separate locations at the Valdosta Housing Authority. The expansion of the camera system would allow police personnel to monitor the cameras throughout the city and to provide video evidence during criminal investigations. Lowndes County, through the sheriff's office, will use their share of JAG funds to replace an old analog in-car camera system with a more advanced digital in-car camera system. This would allow sheriff deputies in the field to record valuable audio and video from footage of incidents which often is vital to the successful prosecution of criminal cases.


Date Created: August 19, 2010