Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $99,481)
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The Springfield Police Department (SPD) will use Fiscal Year 2008 JAG funds to upgrade outdated information technology equipment and purchase an alternative transportation vehicle.
The Springfield Police Department's Operating Network currently has 14 one megabyte network switches in place that serve as a core component of the operating system. Five of those switches have been replaced and SPD will use grant funds to replace the remaining nine. The integrity of the remaining nine switches is questionable and is subject to failure due to obsolescence and system expansion. The SPD will also purchase a Piaggo MP3 500 series motorbike with JAG funds to serve as an alternative transportation vehicle. The vehicle will enable the police department to maintain current levels of service while employing fuel efficient technology in an effort to address rising fuel costs.