The Moses Lake Police Department is pleased to announce that we are applying for a Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG). Part of the requirement is to notify our community members of the intent to apply, and provide an opportunity to comment on the application.
The JAG program provides federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions to support a range of program areas, to include law enforcement, courts, corrections, drug treatment and more. The City of Moses Lake has been allocated $10,619 in grant funds for the 2016-2018 grant cycle. There are specific focus areas for the funding assistance, and one of them is to assist agencies with the acquisition of body cameras.
If successful with the application, MLPD intends to use the grant to begin the process of setting up a body camera program. Currently, the department is evaluating two different body camera systems. Depending on which system is chosen, it is likely the grant money would pay for between five and eight cameras, as well as evidence storage, for the two year life of the grant. As other funds become available, the department plans to outfit all of our officers with cameras.