Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $20,749)
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).
Iredell County Sheriff's Office (ICSO)will utilize the grant funding to obtain certification for their Forensic Crime Laboratory. The state of North Carolina enacted a general statute requiring all forensic laboratories in the state to obtain certification. ICSO will meet the requirements of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors; Lab Accreditation Board. This accreditation will allow ICSO to meet the requirements of the NC Statute and allow the lab to provide services to all law enforcement agencies within the county as well as the surrounding counties. The ICSO will also use funds to support their athletic league programs. These programs will help reduce youth crimes, youth drug use and gang involvement through an organized athletic format.