June 15, 2016
HPD Asks For Citizen Input On Obtaining Grant Monies
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 (JAG) program. HPD and the Harris County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) are submitting jointly for grant funding of $2,389,764, which will be split equally between the two departments.
HPD will use its portion of the grant funding 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 implementing 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 the Houston Police Department. Additionally, the grant will also provide funding for targeted law enforcement overtime for patrol in high crime areas where police presence and visibility make a difference on criminal activity.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office will utilize its funding for equipment, training, travel, overtime and consultant contracts.
The application can be viewed at https://www.houstontx.gov/police/hpd-application-for-edward-byrne-memorial-justice-assistance-grant.htm. Comments may be forwarded to Clifton Journet via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is July 12, 2016.