Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $82,325)
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 Wilmington and New Hanover County have been identified as disparate and have agreed to equally share the aggregate of funds allocated to them through the 2016 JAG Program. The city of Wilmington will use their share of the funds to purchase body worn cameras (BWC) for the Police Department. BWCs capture video documenting activities of officers and will allow for administrative review and use as evidence in criminal proceedings. New Hanover County will use their share of the funds to procure equipment and supplies for the Sheriffs Department. The department will purchase an advanced communications system with mounts and tripod, which will increase their readiness for critical incidents. The Sheriffs Department will also purchase respiratory protective masks, mask holders, chest protectors, and shin guards.