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Two area law enforcement agencies were awarded more than $57,000 in grant funds to purchase updated equipment for crime prevention and control.
Hickory Police Department and the Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office received the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant (JAG) from the United States Department of Justiceâ€™s Office of Justice program.
The JAG grant, given to HPD and the sheriffâ€™s office Aug. 18, is awarded annually based on a cityâ€™s population in comparison with its crime statistics.
HPD, which is the lead agency in the grant, will receive about $43,000, and the Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office will received about $14,000. HPD will process the grant and oversee fund spending.
â€śEach item is going to play a unique role,â€ť said Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins. â€śWeâ€™re buying a lot of technological equipment to keep up with the technology wave of this time.â€ť
The money is earmarked for various law enforcement programs, including prosecution, prevention, education, drug treatment witness protection and technology improvement.
â€śItâ€™s an annual thing that Congress appoints every year based on how much money is appointed by Congress,â€ť Adkins said, adding the department will purchase â€śa lot of diverse equipmentâ€ť with grant funds.
Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office will purchase several items for forensic investigations, including a digital video image clarification system and an audio filter software system.
The sheriffâ€™s office will also purchase a laptop-driven system, which extracts images or video from surveillance cameras, security systems or cell phones.
This equipment is necessary when sheriffâ€™s deputies want to use images to locate or identify possible criminal suspects.