Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $30,793)
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 Bannock County Sheriffs Office will use their FY 2016 to update iPads that are currently being used in the field. Their current iPads are approximately five years old. The iPads are used on a daily basis for proper documentation of crime scene investigative activities and is an asset to the proper discovery mandates and prosecution of criminal violations. The documentation is synced in real time and will assist all deputies working on an active investigation.
The Pocatello Police Department will use the requested grant funds to enhance the Departments surveillance equipment and narcotics detection programs. The funds will be used to purchase a handheld night vision optic, a long range camera lens and a covert pole camera for general department use. Binoculars will be purchased for detectives currently assigned to the Narcotics Team to replace older sub-standard equipment. These items enhance public safety through deployment at long ranges and in low light conditions to locate lost/missing citizens and fugitive apprehension. Additional uses could be through narcotics detection and identification, covert surveillance and long term area monitoring.