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The Simpsonville Police Department has been approved for a grant that would enable one of the department’s patrol cars to be fitted with new technology.
“Our JAG grant has been approved, and with that money, we will be able to put a Mobile Data Terminal in one of our cars,” Simpsonville Police Chief Scott Chappell said.
JAG stands for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Formula Grant, which the Bureau of Justice Assistance awards for use by states and units of local government to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system – with emphasis on violent crime and serious offenders – and to enforce state and local laws that establish offenses similar to those in the federal Controlled Substances Act.
The JAG grant was created in 2004 by Congress to streamline justice funding and grant administration, allowing states, tribes, and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own local needs and conditions.
The Mobile Data Terminal is a wireless data system that increases the independence of the officer on patrol, allowing him or her to perform checks without going through dispatch. Officers can also call for help with a single keystroke of the unit.
Chappell said he is very pleased to receive the grant and also has another grant request in the works.
“We have applied for another grant from the Department of Justice, but we have not been approved yet,” he said. “But we expect to be installing the Mobile Data Terminal will be installed in one of our cars very soon.”