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Increasing Efficiencies for Law Enforcement in Canyon County

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $88,193)

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 Nampa Police Department (NPD), Caldwell Police Department (CPD) and Canyon County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), will supplement and upgrade their current body-worn camera (BWC) programs. For all three departments, funding will enhance existing BWC programs. In addition, CPD will purchase docking stations for the BWC program. CCSO will purchase Taser power magazines to provide options for officers making split-second decisions and mobile data computers to increase accessibility to vital information for patrol officers.

By purchasing BWCs and related equipment, this project aims to increase officer safety and strengthen accountability and transparency in police contacts while increasing the accuracy of information gathered for criminal prosecution. Taser equipment for the CCSO will give officers an option to deadly force when making split second decisions that could be fatal for either the deputy or the offender. Mobile data computers for the CCSO will provide greater accessibility to vital information which can inform decisions to ensure officer and public safety.

Date Created: August 28, 2016