2022 JAG Program Budget for CMPD

Morgan Parks
City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County 2022 JAG Program Budget Law Enforcement and Training Improvements

Total Eligible FY 2021 allocation: $643,254
Each year, the City of Charlotte receives funds from the Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) administered by the U.S. Department of Justice. Federal FY 2022 JAG funding for the City of Charlotte, determined by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, will be $643,254. 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. As such, the CMPD will allocate $158,564 of the FY 2022 funding to the Mecklenburg County Sherriff’s Office (MCSO). The CMPD’s share of the funding will total $484,690.

The CMPD applied for these JAG Program funds on August 8, 2022. Citizens can comment regarding the proposed FY 2022 JAG budget. Comments may be submitted to Research & Strategic Planning Manager Morgan Parks either by email at Morgan.Parks@cmpd.org or by letter addressed to Morgan Parks, Manager, Research & Strategic Planning Division, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, 700 West 5th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.

The CMPD budget ($484,690) for JAG funding consists of the following three (3) components:

    Police Cadet Program
      The Cadet Program will provide 15 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. 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 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.

      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:
      • Will receive extensive training in the use of department databases and reporting systems, Police Communications, Ethics and Smith System Safe Driving techniques, among other training

      • Will be evaluated, according to attendance, grades, uniform and appearance, and completion of work assignments, among other areas of work-based performance

      • Will maintain eligibility for full-time employment as a CMPD Employee

    Crime Laboratory Overtime
      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
      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.

    The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) budget for $158,564 in JAG funding consists of the following four (4) components:
      Radar Equipment
        The MCSO will purchase 15 additional Bee III Radar units for installation in patrol vehicles in the Field Operations Division.

      Body Worn Cameras
        MCSO will purchase 25 body worn cameras to assign to Tactical Response Team (TRU) employees and other personnel in Detention Center Central for use during facility shakedowns and other events that involve residents.

      Automated External Defibrillators
        MCSO will purchase 20 AEDs to deploy across Field Operation’s four shifts (five AEDs per shift) for Deputies to respond to calls involving medical emergencies, when necessary.

      Recruiting Campaign
        MCSO will continue its current advertising efforts with various media outlets and will expand to other platforms to notify the public of law enforcement employment opportunities and the increased job benefits that come along with them. One outlet will be Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) because of the number of travelers that go through the airport daily. MCSO will also seek platforms and events that target military personnel and law enforcement/corrections personnel.