Grant Helps West Newbury Replace Police Cruiser Computers

A state grant of nearly $25,000 will help the West Newbury police department replace aging computers in each of its police cruisers.

The department will receive $24,960.14 through the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) “to address law enforcement equipment and technology needs,” said West Newbury Police Chief Lisa A. Holmes. Holmes said the mobile data terminals in their cruisers are past the end of their expected lifespan.

“The West Newbury Police department is very pleased to have been chosen to receive this award,” Holmes said. “The funding will be used to maintain the department’s position as a modern public safety agency that embraces the latest technology resources.”

The JAG program, administered by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Office of Grants & Research (OGR), provided a total of $1 million to municipal law enforcement agencies across the commonwealth.

“The JAG Program provides critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement; prosecution and court programs; prevention and education programs; corrections and community corrections; drug treatment and enforcement; crime victim and witness initiatives; and planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs,” a spokesperson said.