Mesa could receive $120,000 justice grant for enhanced video surveillance system

The U.S. Department of Justice has partnered with Maricopa County and the cities of Mesa and Phoenix to receive $952,411 through the FY 2015 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Grant. Partners have agreed to the following distribution of funds: Maricopa County $207,411; city of Mesa $120,000; and city of Phoenix $625,000, according to a press release.

Proposed to streamline justice funding and grant administration, the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program allows states, tribes and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own local needs and conditions. JAG blends the previous Byrne Formula and Local Law Enforcement Block Grant programs to provide agencies with the flexibility to prioritize and place justice funds where they are needed most. The stated purpose of the JAG program is to underwrite projects that reduce crime and improve public safety, according to the release.

The program below is proposed and is being presented to a governing board for final approval, according to the release.

The $120,000 for the city of Mesa would be used for an enhanced video surveillance system, according to the release. The Mesa Police Department has relied on outdated and out-of-support analog video surveillance system to monitor the activities both outside and inside the multiple campuses throughout the city. The systems monitor access to secured areas within the department including CJIS critical infrastructure along with the movement of prisoners, suspects and victims. The enhanced equipment will replace non-functioning and out of support equipment with a robust IP system that will centralize storage and allow multiple access paths to view the data ensuring the safety of our employees, visitors and citizens of Mesa, according to the release.

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