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Public Hearing Notice on Intended use of 2018 Local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant funds


The Pharr Police Department request for Public Hearing on the intended use of Local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant funds will be placed on the City of Pharr Commission meeting agenda for Monday, September 17, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. to be held at 118 South Cage in Pharr, Texas.


Furthermore, the public would be invited to the public hearing and will be provided with an opportunity to offer public comments on this item.  More importantly, this grant application abstract will be posted on/or about August 09, 2018 at the City of Pharr website at and the City of Pharr bulletin board located at 118 South Cage.


The City of Pharr Police Department is eligible for $17,456 funding under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant to support components of the criminal justice system. The City of Pharr Police Department is intending to apply for the available funding, and use said funding to purchase a Rifle-Resistant Body Armor and Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) Technology Project.

Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program: FY 2018 Local Solicitation

(CFDA # 16.738)


Name:                                     Jose A. Luengo, Chief of Police- City of Pharr Police Department

Title Project:                      ​Rifle-Resistant Body Armor, and Mobile Data Terminals (MDT) Project

Federal Amount Request:   $17,456

Applying Category:              Law Enforcement Program

Proposed Time Line:          October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019

JAG funds may be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and criminal justice information systems for criminal justice that will improve or enhance Law enforcement programs. The top five identifiers associated with this project are: 1) Communications, 2) Equipment – General, 3) Computer software/hardware, 4) Officer Safety, and 5) Geo-mapping, etc.

Project Goal:

The goal of this project is to purchase Rifle-Resistant Body Armor, and Mobile Data Terminals (MDT) on patrol vehicles, thus, providing us body armor resistant vests and field reporting tool capabilities thereby, reducing officers’ risks by not necessitating that they leave the safety of their patrol car(s).


We are committed to the highest professional standards working in partnership with our citizens to problem solve and meet the challenges of the 21st century by creating a safer community and improving citizens quality of life. The introduction of information sharing communication systems, such as mobile data terminals (MDT) in patrol vehicles is one of the most important and significant pieces of information sharing technology for street officers (first responders) today. It has been well-documented and highlighted that crime-fighting MDT’s are the foundation of law enforcement’s capacity to prevent, solve, and control crime. Equally as important is the officer safety using the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) standard (Ballistic Resistance of Body Armor NIJ Standard-0101.06) type III (rifles) or type IV (armor piercing rifle) body armor, including bullet-resistant vests, ballistic plates, and plate carriers.

The proposed stated objectives for the Pharr Police Department are:

1) To improve response times to calls for service,
2) To increase officer effectiveness by providing easier access to database files capabilities (i.e., information sharing regarding stolen vehicles, wanted persons, missing persons, and other relevant information is available to patrol and detective units in a concise period with MDT’s, etc.), and
3) To purchase 30 Rifle-Resistant Body Armor.

Output/Outcome Indicators:

The following output/outcome indicators will be notable milestones in quantitatively evaluating the program’s effectiveness in due course:

1) # Rifle-Resistant Body Armor and MDT purchased,
2) # of Incident Reports Conducted, and
3) # of Accidents Reports Conducted.

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