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The Waco/McLennan County Technology and Equipment Enhancement Project

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $127,807)

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 Waco and McLennan County have been designated as disparate jurisdictions to share the FY 2010 Bureau of Justice Assistance JAG award. The city of Waco will serve as the fiscal agent for the award and will use their portion of grant funds to restart the Waco Police Department Cadet Program. The Waco Police Department is in collaboration with McLennan Community College (MCC) where the Police Department employs MCC students on a part-time basis as Police Cadets. The goal of the program is to hire the Cadets as full-time Police Officers upon graduation from MCC. The Cadet Program forms a valuable bridge between the community and the Police Department and fits into the law enforcement purpose area. The city of Waco will use grant funds to purchase law enforcement equipment for communications, training, technology, and public safety.

McLennan County will use their share of grant funds to replace 33 mobile video units for law enforcement public safety areas. The current units are outdated and operate using VHS recording tapes. The new technology will allow more efficient storage by using computer hard drives as opposed to bulky VHS tapes. The objective for McLennan County is to enhance law enforcement technology and equipment through the procurement of tools that protect officers, their departments, and the citizens.


Date Created: September 9, 2010