Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $195,781)
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 grantee will use awarded JAG to purchase predictive policing technology as well as portable police radios for new police recruits. The predictive policing technology will allow the police department to strategically place its limited resources in areas to prevent crime. In addition, the City of Bridgeport Police Department is growing and expects to add new recruits to its ranks in the next two years. Grant funds will be used to purchase portable radios for these new recruits.