Houstonians: Your chance to comment on HPD/city’s application for federal law enforcement grants

The Houston Police Department (HPD)/City of Houston is providing the public with an opportunity to view and comment on its application to the U.S. Department of Justice for a grant through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance program.

The HPD is applying with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for grant funding of $2,385,285, which will be split evenly between HPD and HCSO. The HPD reports that it will use its portion of the grant money for civilian support personnel. It plans to hire six people in the Technology Services group and one in the Office of Budget and Finance. The Technology Services employees provide critical support in operating and supporting computer systems across the Houston Police Department, it stated.

“Due to the high level of security and maintenance for law enforcement systems, technology specialists are needed to monitor and maintain servers, desktops, and LAN-based applications,” HPD said. The Office of Budget and Finance employee will provide financial services and professional oversight.

The federal grant will also provide funding for law enforcement overtime pay for additional patrol time in high crime areas where “police presence and visibility make a difference on stopping criminal activity.”

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office will use its funding toward equipment, training, travel, and consultant contracts.

The application can be viewed here. The deadline is November 1, 2018.

Comments can be sent via email to the HPD’s Grants Division at [email protected]

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