Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $35,459)
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).
The city of Kinston and Lenoir County have been identified as disparate and have agreed to share the aggregate of funds allocated to them through the Fiscal Year 2014 JAG Program for technology enhancements. The Kinston Department of Public Safety will use their portion of the JAG funds to purchase Tasers (CEW-Conducted Electrical Weapons) in an effort to provide a less lethal option for controlling suspects. The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office will purchase In-Car Video Cameras, which will improve officer safety and document interaction with suspects during vehicle traffic stops. NCA/NCF