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Thornton Police Department Automated Summons Writing System

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $58,343)

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 Thornton will use JAG funds to purchase law enforcement equipment for the Thornton Police Department. Specific purchases will include computer software and hardware, printers, and handheld electronic devices. The project goal is to create efficiencies in the current manual summons processing system and to reduce time officers spend handwriting summons. The handheld electronic devices will capture pertinent information from drivers license, vehicle identification numbers (VIN) and vehicle registrations using current magstripes and 2D barcodes technology. This new system would eliminate violators from contacting the court regarding their violation before the information was loaded in their court management system.


Date Created: August 3, 2010