Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $267,703)
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 Springfield will use JAG funds to purchase law enforcement equipment and vehicles for the Springfield Police Department. Specific purchases will include new software, technology, and transportation vehicles. The overall goal will be to identify and replace and/or upgrade obsolete systems and equipment in support of the delivery of law enforcement/public safety services. The obsolete systems and equipment were identified in multiple meetings with various department heads and stakeholders. The grant funds will be used to purchase network servers, Dell work stations, Microsoft Operating Systems 2008 and Windows 7, officer desks and chairs, and digital portable radios. Furthermore, the funds will allow for a purchase of Piaggio Motorbikes and Harley Davidson Patrol Motorcycle in order to increase public safety and maintain good order.