Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $191,755)
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 Greensboro, city of High Point, and Guilford County have been identified as disparate and will share the aggregate of 2015 JAG funds allocated to them for technology upgrades aimed at improving public safety within their communities. The city of Greensboro will use their share of the funds to purchase patrol vehicles in support of their Neighborhood Oriented Policing (NOP) Plan, which is a practice in policing that combines data-driven crime analysis with police/citizen partnerships to solve problems. The city of High Point will use their share of the funds to purchase in-car camera systems for the police department. The cameras will enhance officer safety, reduce liability, simplify incident review, as well as improve accountability, officer training, community perception, police leadership, prosecution and case resolution, officer performance, and professionalism. Guilford County will use their share of the funds to purchase body-worn cameras to aid in the Departments efforts to promote a more professional, safe law enforcement atmosphere.