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Interoperable Communications Project and Digital Imaging Project

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $24,508)

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 Madera County Sheriff's Department will utilize the County's Fiscal Year 2014 JAG Award to purchase a Twisted Pair Wave hardware system which will enable connectivity among different communication devices. WAVE allows teams to talk without having a portable radio. The sheriff's department will also purchase two surveillance cameras and up to twenty digital cameras. The surveillance cameras will allow detectives to conduct surveillance 24 hours a day 7 days a week without the presence of an officer. Finally, the Patrol Division will purchase additional cameras for crime scene documentation and evidence collection. Because deputies are away from the office during most of their shifts, a digital camera in their vehicle is essential. The digital camera allows the deputy to accurately document crime scenes, take evidence photographs of victim and/or suspect injuries, and damaged property.

Date Created: August 24, 2014