Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $66,743)
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 Charleston will utilize the Fiscal Year 2011 JAG award for technology projects which will target violent and property crimes. Funds will allow the police department to purchase Mobile Communication Terminals (MCTs) with GPS and in-car cameras and air cards for internet access. MCTs give officers the ability to electronically write tickets, warnings, and reports; check for warrants; send and receive silent dispatch; and capture video of interactions. The proposed project will improve law enforcement efficiency and enhance officer safety.