Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $30,818)
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 disparate jurisdictions will use the grant to support law enforcement initiatives. The Henderson Police Department will utilize the funding to support their Community Revitalization Initiative (CRI). CRI is a comprehensive plan of dealing with the high crime rates through specific training, analysis, and investigation strategies for law enforcement. It is also a comprehensive collaboration between law enforcement, the affected communities (through citizen's groups) and rental property managers, private businesses, utility providers, local media and other governmental agencies to help promote both prevention and intervention efforts. Efforts include targeting larcenies and burglaries with saturated patrols, directed traffic enforcement and surveillance. Officers work and are paid premium overtime in assignments directed at addressing some of the environmental problems that affect areas in which such property crimes are the heaviest. The Vance County Sheriff's Office will utilize funding to purchase desktop computers and desktop printers to replace old, obsolete equipment. Funds will also be used to purchase new riot helmets and tactical shields for use by the patrol deputies during emergency situations.