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Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program: FY 2016 Local Solicitation

(CFDA # 16.738)

PROGRAM ABSTRACT 2

Name:                                     Ruben Villescas, Chief of Police- City of Pharr Police Department

Title Project:                         Network Server Project

Federal Amount Request:   $21,172

Applying Category:              Law Enforcement Program

Proposed Time Line:            October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017

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 Pharr Police Department proposes to use these grant funds to purchase two (2) new network and storage servers. The current servers dedicated for our CAD (dispatch) and Records Management System (RMS) are several years old and are nearing the end their projected lifespan. The goal of the project is to purchase a new storage server and a backup to provide continuity of service in the event of a failure of the primary server.

 

Objectives:

 

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 citizen’s quality of life. It has been well-documented and highlighted that crime fighting information sharing communication systems and technologies are the foundation of law enforcement’s capacity to prevent, solve, and control crime.

 

The existing network server is outdated and the new server will be the primary domain controller for the Police Department’ s computer network. The new server and related software will allow for better management of our network, provide better security, increase storage capacity and operate more efficiently for the increasing workload.

 

The proposed stated tasks for the Pharr Police Department are as follow:

 

  • To improve response times to calls for service and
  • To create a standalone network server domain controller which authenticates users logging onto the network for additional security
  • To provide a backup storage system that will constantly backup the data on the primary server and ensure that there will not be a loss of data in the event of a server failure.

 

Output/Outcome Indicators:

 

The following output/outcome indicators will be notable milestones in quantitatively evaluating the program’s effectiveness in due course: 1) #of Network Servers Purchased, 2) # of Incident Reports Conducted, and 3) # of Software Updates Conducted.

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