Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $26,328)
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 Holyoke Police Department (HPD) will use Fiscal Year 2008 JAG funds to upgrade current computer hardware/software and operating system servers. The HPD will purchase and install 15 upgraded computers, 3 printers, and new system servers. The HPD's dependence on technology has increased and up-to-date computers are needed to run software required to monitor high crime areas via camera and provide patrol car officers access to essential information during field investigations.