Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $53,198)
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 utilize the FY 2011 JAG award to increase their ability to locate, safely arrest, and effectively prosecute persons involved in criminal activity. Grant funds will allow the sheriff's office to purchase investigative, evidence gathering and crime prevention equipment for the Special Response Team and detectives. Specialized equipment will include computers, tactical equipment, and cameras. The Berkeley County Solicitor's Office will use grant funds to update and enhance computers, software and hardware to improve case preparation and assist with courtroom presentations. Through the proposed equipment purchases, the grantee expects to increase the rate of conviction and maintain accurate and organized case documentation.