Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $25,022)
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).
As part of a pilot project, the Dona Ana Sheriff's Department will utilize the FY 15 JAG award to deploy body camera technology. The purpose of the pilot project is to: (1) increase the effectiveness of the officers in response to calls of violence; (2) to improve accountability of officers on duty and assess performance both in adoption and adaptation of the body worn camera; (3) the impact on public compliance and cooperation.