Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $107,119)
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).
Horry County will utilize the FY 2011 JAG award to purchase and install critical equipment to key elements of the Horry County Public Safety Division. Funds will allow the grantee to purchase CopLogic software, improve evidence preservation through a bar-coding system, purchase computer equipment which will enable public safety personnel access to the county's network from the field, acquire an Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) system to assist with criminal investigations, upgrade the magnetometer in the County Judicial Center, and update patrol vehicles with digital in-car camera systems. The proposed equipment purchases are expected to enhance the efficiency of public safety staff and improve the welfare of the general public in Horry County.