City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County 2021 JAG Program Budget
Law Enforcement and Training Improvements
Total Eligible FY 2021 allocation: $623,432
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 2021 JAG funding for the City of Charlotte, determined by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, will be $623,432. 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 $151,858 of the FY 2021 funding to the Mecklenburg County Sherriff’s Office (MCSO). The CMPD’s share of the funding will total $467,574.
The CMPD applied for these JAG Program funds on August 6, 2021. Citizens have the opportunity to comment regarding the proposed FY 2021 JAG budget. Comments may be submitted to Captain Todd Lontz, Director, Research & Strategic Planning Division either by email at Todd.Lontz@cmpd.org
or by letter addressed to Captain Todd Lontz, Director, Research & Strategic Planning Division, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, 700 West 5th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.
The CMPD budget ($467,574) for JAG funding consists of the following three (3) components:
Police Cadet Program$62,006
The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) budget for $155,858 in JAG funding consists of the following five (5) components:
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$10,000
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 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.
K-9 Officer and Handler Training$20,735
The MSCO will purchase one multi-purpose narcotics dog to assist with these types of investigations. This purchase will necessitate additional costs to train the K-9 Officer’s new handler in how to command, train, and care for the K-9 Officer.
The MCSO will purchase 15 additional Bee III Radar units for installation in patrol vehicles in the Field Operations Division.
Training Academy Fitness Equipment$40,589
The MCSO will purchase new weights and exercise equipment for its Training Academy to help MCSO staff and recruits meet their physical fitness needs.
Laptops for Juvenile Detention Center Staff$6,972
The MCSO will purchase six laptops for Juvenile Detention Center staff responsible for accompanying juveniles to court and other appointments can use. The ability for staff to take a laptop with them to these appointments will allow them to effectively use the time to work on assignments while waiting for the juveniles’ appointments to conclude.
The MCSO will work with the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) on a multilevel recruitment advertising campaign that will highlight Detention Officer and Deputy Sheriff employment opportunities and the benefits that come with them. This will involve a multi-layer approach through advertising on buses and light rail trains and employing mobile geo-fencing technology in high-traffic areas of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. The MCSO will also partner with a media company through a local ABC affiliate for a television and digital recruiting campaign. Specifically, a series of commercials and digital advertisements will be developed in both English and Spanish for broadcast via the affiliate’s television station, website, and mobile application. Like the campaign with CATS, this campaign will also focus on vacant Detention Officer and Deputy Sheriff positions within MCSO, and the benefits that come with them.