Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $23,904)
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 city of Kinston and Lenoir County have been identified as disparate and have agreed to share the aggregate of FY 2015 JAG funds allocated to them to improve public safety through technology enhancements for their law enforcement agencies. The city of Kinston will use their share of the funds to purchase covert video surveillance systems, which will allow the police department to monitor and record potential high crime areas and increase response time. Lenoir County will use their funds to purchase in-car video cameras, which will improve public and officer safety within the county.