Public Comment on FY2018 Justice Assistance Grant Program

Capt. Todd Lontz
tlontz@cmpd.org
8/20/2018

Each year, the City of Charlotte receives funds from the Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) administered by the U.S. Department of Justice.  Federal FY2018 JAG funding for the City of Charlotte, determined by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, will be $549,844.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 $137,461 of the FY2018 funding to the Mecklenburg County Sherriff’s Office and  CMPD’s share of the funding will total  $412,383 .

The CMPD will be applying for these JAG Program funds September 22, 2018.  Citizens have the opportunity to comment regarding the proposed FY 2018 JAG budget.  Comments may be submitted to Captain Todd Lontz, Director, Research & Planning Division either by email at tlontz@cmpd.org or by letter addressed to Captain Todd Lontz, Director, Research & Planning Division, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, 601 East Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s (CMPD) budget for $412,383 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. 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. 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. 

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                               $185,695 
Patrol overtime funds are crucial to the success of the City of Charlotte’s crime reduction strategy. These funds will provide 4,269 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 Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) budget for $137,461 in JAG funding consists of the following two components including: 

Arrest Processing                            $135,462 
MCSO will replace 3 IDEMIA LiveScan Stations, 3 MorphoBIS Review Workstations,1 MorphoBIS Card Capture Workstation and 2 Ten-print Card Printers to be used for criminal fingerprint services in Arrest Processing for connectivity directly to North Carolina-Department Public Safety (NC DPS) AFIS Database. This equipment provides the ability to submit fingerprints electronically to the SBI (State Bureau Investigations). Existing equipment currently in use will not support new technology going into effect July 1, 2019, at the NC-DPS. 

Radar Equipment                             $ 1,999 
MCSO will purchase one additional Bee III Radar unit for installation in a patrol vehicle in the Field Operations Division.