Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $17,421)
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 program 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).
Catawba County will use the JAG award to purchase equipment to improve law enforcement efforts. The Sheriff's Office will purchase an 800MHz portable mobile repeater, which will promote effective communications during critical incidents and on campus at Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC). Funds will also be used to purchase forensic equipment (extractor software) for wireless devices. This software will be used in the field to extract data (text, photos, call logs, contacts, memory, passwords, and deleted data) from cell phones, vehicle GPS systems, and tablets with Apple operating systems.