Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $245,681)
The Technology Innovation for Public Safety (TIPS) Program is funded under the statutory set aside for precipitous increase in crime (42 U.S.C. § 3756(b)(1)) to assist state, local, and tribal jurisdictions in enhancing their information-sharing capacity through the use of innovative technological solutions to effectively address disproportionate and precipitous increases in crime. Funding for this program is available under two categories. Category 1 - Innovative Technology Implementation to Address Precipitous Increases in Crime will enhance strategic information sharing across crime-fighting agencies to address specific local or regional crime problems.
The City of Hartford Police Department (HPD) will utilize TIPS 2016 funds to enhance the capabilities of the Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) through the purchase of technology that will improve communication across agencies and increase operational efficiency. HPD proposes to (1) Promote information sharing and collaboration within and among criminal justice agencies that have a role in preventing and investigating gun violence; (2) Develop and enhance policies and practices that leverage technology to promote improved decision making which results in the reduction of gun related violence.; (3) Establish operational procedures and tracking mechanisms to measure the positive impacts made on crime trends; (4) Increase the number of agencies/organizations receiving and sharing information among criminal justice agencies.