2017 Byrne Grant
West Haven Police Department (WHPD)
Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
Program Narrative FY 2017
The City of West Haven is applying for funding under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program for the purchase of a selection of equipment for the West Haven Police Department (WHPD).
The goal of this project is the purchase equipment that will adjust to the needs of growing technology. This would include technology (wires, cables, software licensing, and laptop) to provide computer access in new police vehicles.
In addition, in dealing with the challenges of emergent technology and its impact on the community, the West Haven Police Department will purchase a license plate reader. This will afford greater safety for police and citizens throughout the community by providing critical information along with the ability to find stolen cars and/or active warrants among other activities. These tools have also been utilized with investigations and tracking vehicles involved in crimes including abductions.
Like many municipalities, the City of West Haven faces severe economic challenges. According to the January 2017 Municipal Fiscal Indicators’ list of Adjusted Equalized Net Grand List per Capita developed by the State of Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management, West Haven ranks 161 out of 169 Connecticut towns and cities in this measurement of a municipality’s wealth.
West Haven has been designated a “Distressed Municipality” by the State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development. This designation is based on change in per capita income, percentage of poverty in the population, the change in employment, the unemployment rate, age of housing stock, the percent of adults age 25 and older with a high school degree or higher and the adjusted equalizer net grand list per capita.
More recently, the City and its public infrastructure have been battered by five federally declared disasters mostly impacted by Tropical Storm Irene and Hurricane Sandy. The City is still addressing flood mitigation efforts when it can financially support these projects.
These fiscal challenges have severely reduced the City’s ability to invest in updated technology for any City department. JAG Program funds are vital to the City’s ability to acquire current police technology and utilize it to improve and enhance our community.