More than $254,000 have been granted to local law enforcement agnecies to help get all officers and agencies on the same page when it comes to records.
Officials say the Grand Junction Police Department has been notified by the Bureau of Justice Assistance program of the US Department of Justice that they will be receiving more than $254,568 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
They say the funds will be used to purchase a new countywide Computer Aided Dispatch and Records Management System. The funds will be split between the Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities say these systems will set up fully shared, integrated criminal justice records across all law enforcement agencies in Mesa County. They will also greatly improve communications and eliminate some operational inefficiencies that currently exist.
Grand Junction Deputy Police Chief Troy Smith says, “These funds, in
conjunction with other grant funds and the support of the GJRCC board
will allow the law enforcement agencies in Mesa County to better serve
the community. This technology will improve the safety of our residents
and represents the realization of a vision to combine criminal justice
records that has existed for more than 10 years.”
Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey says, "The ability of all Mesa county law enforcement to have access to and share critical data from a single technology source is the kind of efficiency in government that our citizens expect and deserve, and will ultimately make this community more safe. This is a wise use of public funds to realize this vision."
The Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office have received funding from this annual grant for many years and both have benefited from the funding for various projects. Officials say the funding level changes each year as the Bureau of Justice Assistance calculates, for each State and Territory, an allocation based upon the statutory JAG formula.
Funds received in prior years ranged from $14,000 to $56,000. As a result of the ARRA stimulus package, the allocation for 2009 has increased dramatically.