August 31, 2018
HPD Seeks Public Input on Federal Grant Application
The Houston Police Department/City of Houston is providing the public an opportunity to view and comment on its application to the U.S. Department of Justice for a grant through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance program. HPD is applying with the Harris County Sheriff's Office for grant funding of $2,385,285, which will be split evenly between HPD and HCSO.
HPD will use its portion for civilian support personnel: six positions in the Technology Services group and one in the Office of Budget and Finance. The Technology Services employees provide critical support in operating and supporting computer systems across the Houston Police Department. Due to the high level of security and maintenance for law enforcement systems, technology specialists are needed to monitor and maintain servers, desktops, and LAN-based applications. The Office of Budget and Finance employee provides financial services and professional oversight of various grants administered by HPD. Additionally, the grant will provide funding for law enforcement overtime for patrol in high crime areas where police presence and visibility make a difference on stopping criminal activity.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office will use its funding toward equipment, training, travel, overtime and consultant contracts.
The application can be viewed at http://www.houstontx.gov/police/hpd-application-for-edward-byrne-memorial-justice-assistance-grant.htm. Comments may be forwarded to HPD's Grants Division via email at email@example.com. The deadline is Oct. 1, 2018.