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Notebook and Investigative Tools Update

Award Information

Award #
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $35,911)

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 Orange will use the JAG funds for law enforcement equipment and supplies. Equipment and supply purchases will include notebook computers for police vehicles, as well as other investigative tools to improve and enhance officer safety, forensics, and basic investigative technology for the department. The investigative tools and supplies will allow for more efficient and effective operations, which will decrease time spent servicing current and outdated technology. The strategy is to upgrade equipment and supplies to improve and enhance existing technologies and create more forensic/evidence processing capabilities for law enforcement personnel. The department plans to achieve better interoperability with agencies in the area and allow officers in the field to have real-time access to criminal intelligence information. The department will be able to take a pro-active stance toward crime suppression by utilizing intelligence led-policing. The strategy to implement the program will be as follows: (1) proposal solicitation for new hardware and software for the mobile notebook systems; (2) equipment purchase and installation; (3) coordination with the City of Orange I/T department for technical support and interfacing; and (4) personnel training for the use on new equipment and software. The new technology will allow law enforcement officers increased time to patrol areas, be more visible to the public, and the information/data generated to the officers over the terminal vs. police radios will be more secure.


Date Created: August 17, 2010