Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $39,927)
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 Goldsboro and Wayne County have been identified as disparate and have agreed to share the aggregate of 2015 JAG funds allocated to them to purchase needed equipment for their law enforcement agencies. The city of Goldsboro will use their share of the funds to enhance the police departments Community Police Relations program through the purchase of a new McGruff the Crime Dog costume and associated equipment, new child ID equipment, and to purchase robotic equipment which will aid in educating and building a rapport with children of the community. Wayne County will use their share of the funds to purchase a tactical robot with camera mounting to be used during high risk situations. The use of this technology will allow the Sheriffs Office to gather real time intelligence during active situations without the heightened risk to human life.