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BJA FY 23 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $53,401)

The City of Yuma Police Department (YPD) provides professional police service to the residents of this diverse City and surrounding areas. YPD’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for the citizens by providing all people with responsive, caring, and professional police services with compassion and concern. The year-round population is approximately 96,349. Population in the City of Yuma (City) nearly doubles in the winter months due to the arrival of winter visitors and migrant farmworkers. Yuma County holds 213,787 year-round residents in all. Arizona crime reports show only an 8% increase in overall crime, but a 31% increase in violent crimes within the City.
The Yuma Police Department continues to harness the power of technology to efficiently provide services to the City of Yuma citizens and community. Critical incidents can happen anywhere and at any time, and when they occur, YPD officers must be ready to react. For these reasons, YPD is seeking financial assistance to implement law enforcement programs and technology.
With technological advancements nationwide regarding police interactions, continued advances are required to protect those served by law enforcement, as well as protect the integrity of those providing the protection. Enhanced technology provides the lifeline between the officers at the scene while away from the station and provides important data that can be within arms reach.
The approach YPD will pursue to achieve a successful implementation will be to complete the following strategies:
Collaborate with the Department of Justice concerning grant compliance.
Continue relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders to obtain input in selecting the proper technology while taking into account officer safety and privacy concerns.
Work internally with Information Technology staff in addressing future implementation.
Improve crime documentation, report writing, and evidence collection by providing officers the ability to complete documentation while at the scene, while minimizing or eliminating information sharing delays.
Provide real-time analytics and crime reporting in an active operational environment
The anticipated outcomes and major deliverables are the collections of records from officers utilizing mobile data device technology, increase successful prosecutions, improve response and field operations, enhanced real-time information sharing, and reduction of violent crimes through increased productivity, resource utilization, and capabilities.

Date Created: September 25, 2023