Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $144,414)
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).
Cumberland County and the city of Fayetteville have been identified as disparate and have agreed to share the aggregate of 2015 JAG funds allocated to them to improve communications with law enforcement databases and to acquire video equipment. The Cumberland County Sheriffs Office will use their share of the funds to subscribe to the NC State Bureau of Investigation criminal databases and to purchase aircards so that deputies can connect to the databases remotely by using their Mobile Data Terminal. This project will enable deputies to receive messages from dispatch and other cars, mugshots, criminal records, call history, and other information while patrolling. The city of Fayetteville will use their share of the JAG funds to enhance surveillance through the purchase and installation of additional cameras throughout the city and the acquisition of monitoring equipment. This project integrates smart policing, improves investigative strategies, and increases crime prevention.