Police seeking Justice Awareness Grant (Press Release)

by Public Information Officer, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 13:48 (1334 days ago)

ABILENE, TX - The Abilene Police Department and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office are jointly applying for the Fiscal Year 2015 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Awareness Grant Program: Local Solicitation. The grant is for $34,318.00 which the Police Department and Sheriff’s Office would share equally if awarded the funding.
In the grant application, the Police Department is seeking the following:
The funds allocated to the Abilene Police Department will be used to fund the training and certification of an existing employee as a digital forensic evidence technician. The Abilene Police Department has experienced a dramatic increase in digital evidence processing requirements. This is including but not limited to offenses such as child pornography cases, homicides, child abuse, robberies, aggravated assaults, commercial and residential burglary, etc.
Currently the Abilene Police Department outsources all digital evidence processing to accredited labs around the state. This has resulted in delays in prosecution of offenders for up to twelve months due to processing backlogs at forensic computer laboratories. This new position will enable APD to provide timely evidence processing to investigators which will decrease the potential time victims must wait for adjudication of their case. This position will also provide APD with a tool to increase offender accountability.
Citizens may provide input about the grant application by sending comments to:

Abilene Police Department
Attn: Sgt. Lynn Beard
P.O. Box 174
450 Pecan Street
Abilene, Texas 79604-0174
Email: lynn.beard@abilenetx.com

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