Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $96,253)
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 purpose of this joint application is to provide resources for Gaston County's three largest law enforcement agencies to enhance their capabilities for preventing, intervening, suppressing and managing crime and disorder within each agencies respective jurisdiction. Each agency has their own set of needs and this funding will help to alleviate financial burdens currently being experienced in Gaston County. The Gastonia Police Department will use the funds to purchase a wireless in-car camera system, two in-car cameras and to upgrade existing in-car cameras to work with the updated wireless system. The Gaston County Police Department will use the funds to purchase NetMotion, software designed to increase officer safety and effect greater interoperability with law enforcement, criminal justice and corrections agencies across the State by providing officers with access to two statewide databases. The Gaston County Sheriff's Office will use the funds to purchase a metal detection system, flashlights and pistols. As a collective project, the purchases will help to enhance the resources of law enforcement within Gaston County and beyond.