Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $34,251)
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 program 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 Cambridge Police Department will utilize funding to continue to expand its mobile computing capabilities. Currently, the Department has laptops in all marked police vehicles with wireless connectivity to the state Criminal Justice Information System. This functionality is being expanded to include access to the Departments "Mobile Office" program. The overarching goal of this initiative is to apply information technology to community policing.