Public Comment on FY2017 Justice Assistance Grant Program

8/28/2017
FY 2017 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Public Comment
 
Each year, the City of Charlotte receives funds from the Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) administered by the U.S. Department of Justice.  For FY 2017 the City of Charlotte will receive $507,734.  The grant funds must be used for law enforcement purposes.  The enabling legislation for the grant requires that the City share a portion of the funds with Mecklenburg County since the County is responsible for the incarceration of offenders. The City share of the funds will be $380,801; Mecklenburg County will receive $126,933.

The CMPD will be applying for these JAG Program funds September 5, 2017.  Citizens have the opportunity to comment regarding the proposed FY 2017 JAG budget.  Comments may be submitted to Paul S. Paskoff, Director, Research & Planning Division either by email at ppaskoff@cmpd.org or by letter addressed to Paul S. Paskoff, Director, Research & Planning Division, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, 601 East Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.
 
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s (CMPD) budget for $380,801 in JAG funding consists of three components including:

Police Cadet Program                                                                     $206,688
The Cadet Program will provide 20 qualified students, actively enrolled in a local college, an opportunity to work in a professional, law enforcement environment, while learning about and training for future employment as a Police Officer with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD). The program's intent is to enhance the participating student's knowledge of the CMPD and all operating aspects so that when the participant turns 21, he or she may enter into a career as a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer. As Police Cadets work in different areas of the department, they will develop the necessary skills to make them the type of officer CMPD needs to be successful in its mission to prevent the next crime.  
 

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                                                                             $154,113
Patrol overtime funds are crucial to the success of the City of Charlotte’s crime reduction strategy.  These funds will provide 3,291 hours of 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.


The MCSO budget ($126,933) in JAG funding consists of seven (7) components, which include:

Property and Evidence Room                                                          $ 7,000
Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office (MSCO) will add space saving shelving in the Property and Evidence Room to provide storage for up to 480 long guns and 560 handguns.


NARCAN Nasal Spray                                                                      $ 8,250
There are approximately 110 positions connected with Field Operations and Courts that are routinely operating MCSO issued vehicles. A full order of 110 (2-dose) cartons would be $8,250.00.


Correctional Behavioral Health On-site Training                         $25,000
MCSO will provide forty-hour behavioral health training to 50 officers that focuses on educating correctional professionals on addressing the behavioral health/mental health needs of individuals under their care. Topics will include signs and symptoms of mental disorders, the multidisciplinary treatment team, substance abuse, and co-occurring mental disorders.


Inmate Programs                                                                               $38,183
MCSO will purchase five smart boards and ceiling projectors for use in the Jail Central classrooms for inmate educational and vocational classes.


Radar Equipment                                                                             $37,000
MCSO currently has one LIDAR unit (handheld speed device) and one shared vehicle equipped with radar. MCSO will purchase 12 Bee III Radar units for installation in marked vehicles, and four LIDAR units to provide each Field shift and CJU their own unit.


Audio/Video Recording of Investigative Interviews                     $11,500
MCSO will convert two offices in the Office of Professional Compliance (OPC) suite into interview rooms with full audio and video recording capabilities. Full audio and video recording is considered an industry best practice and gives a much more vivid account of the interviews. With these capabilities, MCSO will be able to 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.