Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $35,775)
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 Kinston and Lenoir County have been certified disparate and have agreed to split the aggregate of funds allocated to them 50/50. Funds will allow each jurisdiction to enhance their ability to better serve the citizens and protect their officers through the procurement of equipment and technology. The Kinston Department of Public Safety will purchase an electric stand-up vehicle, a portable alert/camera system, a Cyanovac Combination Vacuum Chamber, and forensic LED light kits. The requested equipment and technology will increase officer presence and promote community relations in walking beat areas, improve response time and apprehension of suspects, and enhance the collection of forensic evidence for the successful prosecution of defendants. 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.