Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $17,813)
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 grantee will use the JAG award to purchase digital diction recorders and software, and provide equipment training. The recorders automatically convert speech to text using Dragon Professional Law Enforcement designed software. The recorders enable patrol officers to create reports that are easier to correct or print out for approval. The goal of this project is to enhance patrol officers availability and improve police response time by lowering report writing time.