Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $16,008)
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 Minot Police Department will use the 2015 Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Funds to purchase and test 20 body-worn camera systems. This new project will document enforcement activities and improve interactions with the public. Additionally, funds will be allocated to the Ward County Sheriff's Office to purchase two laptop computers for use in patrol cars as Mobile Data and CAD computers. The upgrade in technology is necessary to support new mobile computer aided dispatch and electronic ticketing software recently implemented by both agencies. NCA/NCF