Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $55,725)
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states and units of local government, including tribes, to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own state and 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, including 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 and enforcement programs; 6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and 7) crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).
The city of Cambridge will use the JAG funds to expand mobile computing capabilities for the Cambridge Police Department. The purchases of laptops and other related equipment will allow for improved case management, records management, access to state and local criminal databases, and access to an intranet portal. The goal of this project is to apply information technology to community policing initiatives.