08/23/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/23/2019 12:31
Law Enforcement and Training Improvements
Total Eligible FY 2019 allocation: $564,275
Each year, the City of Charlotte receives funds from the Justice Assistance Grant Program(JAG) administered by the U.S. Department of Justice. Federal FY2019 JAG funding for the City of Charlotte, determined by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, will be $564,275. There is a requirement that grant funding only be used for law enforcement purposes. The legislation making the grant possible requires the city to share a portion of the funding with Mecklenburg County, given that the county is responsible for the incarcerating offenders.
This legislation for the grant CMPD will allocate $141,069 of the FY2019 funding to the Mecklenburg County Sherriff's Office and CMPD's share of the funding will total $423,206. The CMPD applied for these JAG Program funds August 23, 2019. Citizens have the opportunity to comment regarding the proposed FY 2019 JAG budget. Comments may be submitted to Captain Todd Lontz, Director, Research & Planning Division either by email at [email protected] or by letter addressed to Captain Todd Lontz, Director, Research & Planning Division, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, 601 East Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.
The CMPD budget ($423,206) for JAG funding consists of the following four (4) components:
Police Cadets are assigned to various units within the CMPD, based on unit need. Students entering the program as freshmen may to be assigned to tasks that may not require as much in-depth knowledge of the department's function as a more experienced student in the program.
Among other duties, Cadets:
Crime Laboratory Overtime$ 20,000
Funds will be used for the analysis of forensic evidence in criminal cases designated as 'priority' by the CMPD and to reduce periodic backlogs in evidence analysis. The funds will be used by Crime Laboratory Division including DNA, Fingerprints, and Firearms. These include cases where police need to identify a suspect, establish links between cases or rapidly clear a high-profile case or series of cases which are creating fear in the community. The funds will also be used to reduce periodic backlogs in evidence analysis. The use of the overtime funding will be determined based upon the CMPD's needs during the grant period.
Patrol Overtime$ 179,590
Patrol overtime funds are crucial to the success of the City of Charlotte's crime reduction strategy. These funds will provide overtime for enforcement and problem-solving initiatives allowing patrol officers to address crime problems at the neighborhood level, including responding to emerging crime trends, identifying and targeting suspects, chronic crime trends, and working with partners to address the enablers of crime. The funds will also be used to address drug and/or gang issues at the neighborhood level.
NIBRS Set Aside$ 16,928
The Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) budget for $141,069 in JAG funding consists of the following five (5) components including:
MCSO Adult Programs operates a vocational center which offers vocational classes that provide hands on training experiences with the end goal of placement in employment. Additionally, SERV Safe certification classes are offered to the resident population. The programs currently and soon to be offered within MCSO are NCCER Construction Core, introduction to electrical, culinary school, horticulture and auto repair.
The items being requested from the grant are items that will support and enable skills to be developed for employment opportunities in the respective industries. Through collaborative partnerships and these programs, residents will be provided valuable skills to improve their chances of success post release.
Radar Equipment$ 40,280
Field Operations has been sending deputies through radar and LIDAR certification courses, but we have a limited number of vehicles that are equipped with radar, so some equipment is shared, and we have limited LIDAR units (hand-held speed device) which are shared. The original radar unit was issued to us when we redeemed our points for participation in the North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program (NCGSHP). This would allow us to use JAG funds to purchase an additional 20 Bee III Radar units in addition to the 13 purchased from the 2017 and 2018 JAG grants.
Audio / Video Recording of Investigative Interviews$ 8,075
Audio and video recording equipment for the newly formed Investigation Unit of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office. Will provide full audio and video recording of all investigative interviews. This is considered an industry best practice and gives a much more vivid account of the interviews. With audio and video recording we can see body language and the demeanor of the interviewee in response to certain questions. It will provide a greater level of detail than reviewing black and white transcripts. Office space has been identified for this team at Sheriff's headquarters and one office will be used as an interview room with full audio and video capabilities.
Tac Light and Holster for Field Operations$ 25,768
Replace existing holsters with holsters that accommodate tac lights that will enhance officer safety, so officers are not encumbered by having to carry a separate flashlight allowing them to have more reliable visibility when performing their duties.
Amount required for NIBRS conversion activities.