Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $58,023)
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 Gastonia and Gaston County have been identified as disparate and have agreed to share the aggregate of 2015 JAG funds allocated to them to improve law enforcement service delivery and overall safety to the community. The city of Gastonia will enhance intelligence led policing and crime analysis capabilities through the purchase of ATACRAIDS Crime Analysis Software for the police department. ATACRAIDS is a dashboard software which allows the department to interpret crime data, visualization of crime patterns and trends, produce historical and predictive hotspots maps, and allows for automated emailing of custom analytical reports. Gaston County will use their share of the funds for equipment projects for their police department and sheriffs office. The Gaston County Police Department will purchase replacement headsets for its Emergency Response Team and vehicle printers for their animal control officers. The Gaston County Sheriffs Office will use JAG funds to purchase an 800 MHz radio to improve interoperability communications, gun mounts for police vehicles, gun stalks for officer safety, and for website development and maintenance which will provide interactive information to the community on jail/inmate information, victim services, daily operations, employment, statistical information, court information, etc.