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AVL Project

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $24,726)

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 Pharr Police Department will use FY11 JAG funds to purchase an Automatic Vehicle Location System (AVL). The AVL will be installed in the front line patrol vehicles to allow officers to know the location of the vehicles at all times. The two objectives for the AVL system is to improve response times to calls for service and the ability to communicate the vehicles location to those who need to know (i.e. the dispatch center etc.); and to increase officer safety by interpreting the vehicle's location of latitude/longitude for the dispatcher on duty.


Date Created: August 23, 2011