Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $38,804)
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 awarded JAG funds to purchase body-worn cameras for the Police Department. Cameras are an additional tool for police officers to access when they are involved in stop and search interactions to reassure the public of its protection and safety priorities. The goals of the project are to invest in body worn camera equipment, provide training for police personnel on the implementation and ongoing use of body worn cameras, and develop policies related to the use of body worn camera equipment and data storage and usage.