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City of Dothan/Houston County Mobile Data Technology

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $15,388)

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).

Dothan City and Houston County will use the Fiscal Year 2008 Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Discretionary Grants Program funds for Mobile Data Laptop Initiative Program. The grant funding will be used to purchase Mobile Data Terminals (MDT) for both agencies to use, working together to solve crimes in a timely manner. MDTs allow officers to receive calls for service at a faster rate and see what calls are holding, what information was received by the dispatch center, and what other law enforcement units are available to assist if needed. The MDTs also allow the officers to run checks of vehicles, property, individuals, etc. from their patrol vehicles. This project will enable police personnel to rapidly enter and access criminal files, ACJIC, and NCIC, thereby providing mission critical information to officers in the field more rapidly, potentially saving lives in the process. This conversion will also allow information to flow more freely to other agencies outside the region and produce a more cooperative work effort with surrounding law enforcement agencies that are equipped with MDTs.

The City and the County each agree to pay for their equipment costs above their portion of the grant award. The City and County each agree to maintain their equipment and program beyond the grant period. The City will be responsible for the administration of the grant.


Date Created: August 28, 2008