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Criminal Justice Operations Technology Improvement Project

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $300,000)

The Congressionally Recommended Awards Program, authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects recommended by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-117, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 2010 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY2010 Department of Justice Appropriations Act.

The Sterling Heights Police Department will purchase a computer storage unit, expand and improve its e-ticket system, upgrade its dispatch, field reporting, data retrieving, and data sharing systems, purchase a fingerprint machine, and upgrade its cellular phones and handheld devices. The computer storage unit will allow the department's computer crime unit to improve its investigations of reported computer crimes. The expansion and improvement to the e-ticket system will allow the police department to install the system in all police vehicles and provide a connection between the department and the court so that tickets can be sent electronically to the court, uploaded in the court's system, and forwarded to the state. The other upgrades and technology purchases will allow officers to respond more quickly to calls for service, provide for sharing data with other criminal justice agencies, and ensure compliance with federal and state laws. The equipment will be purchased, installed, and put into use immediately following the award. The new technology will improve the functioning of the criminal justice system at the local, state, and federal levels and officer services to the community.


Date Created: September 6, 2010