Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $46,478)
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 Kinston Department of Public Safety and the Lenoir County Sheriff's Department will enhance their ability to better serve their citizens and protect their officers by procuring and implementing proven equipment and technology. Working together, both agencies can achieve their respective goals and objectives. Kinston Public Safety will purchase semi-automatic rifles and ballistic shields to enhance the safety of their officers. Lenoir County Sheriff's Office will improve officer safety and suspect video documentation by increasing the number of in-car video cameras in their patrol units.