Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $32,047)
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 Salisbury and Rowan County have been identified as disparate and have agreed to share the aggregate of the 2015 JAG funds allocated to them for their Fingerprinting and Officer Safety Project. The Salisbury Police Department will use their share of the funds to replace their LiveScan fingerprinting system, which performs fingerprint collection and submission to the NC State Bureau of Investigations and FBI; and replacement of aging ballistic shields for the Special Response Team. The Rowan County Sheriffs Office will use their share of the funds to purchase Tasers and accessories in order to provide a less-lethal option for restraining suspects and persons in custody.