Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $13,789)
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows 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. Grant funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice for any one or more of the following purpose areas: 1) law enforcement programs; 2) prosecution and court programs; 3) prevention and education programs; 4) corrections and community corrections programs; 5) drug treatment programs; 6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and 7) crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).
The City of Newport will utilize their Fiscal Year 2008 Justice Assistance Grant award in the amount of $13,789 to replace an existing antiquated analog in-station audio-visual system with a digital system. The City of Newport will use these funds for a project entitled the Newport Emergency Telecommunications System. The in-station audio-visual system currently in use is an antiquated VHS system consisting of outdated cameras that record to unreliable magnetic tape. The Newport Emergency Telecommunications System project is intended to upgrade the present audio-visual equipment and software with a modern, up-to-date, digital system. This will allow for integration with the city-wide video and the in-car computer links, providing more rapid and efficient transmission of data.