Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $22,338)
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 goal of this project is to purchase body worn cameras in order to to improve officers testimony in court, to assist officers with the depiction of interactions occurring during investigations, and to provide an additional level of mutual accountability. The primary grant activities for this project will be procuring and issuing the BWCs, and tracking the effects of BWCs in operation.