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Bloomington Police To Use Federal Grant To Buy Crime Fighting Software

Last updated on Saturday, July 20, 2013

(BLOOMINGTON) - Federal grant money will help Bloomington law enforcement agencies invest in new software to fight crime.

WFIU reports, Assistant City Attorney Patricia Mulvihil told the Bloomington City Council the NC4 Street Smart computer program will help local law enforcement map crime in Monroe County.

Mulvihil represents the Bloomington Police Department, which is planning on using a Justice Assistance Grant to help pay for the new software.

The Bloomington Police Department shares the federal money with the Monroe County Sheriff's Department. Both agencies decided to put their total $31,000 allotment towards the new system this year.

Mulvihil says the software's main feature allows police officers to map, collate and have access to crime data in real time from the Mobile Data Terminals in their patrol vehicles. Allowing officers to focus on high crime areas.

But the grant only covers a small portion of the cost of Street Smart. Several members of the public voiced their concerns about the $150,000 price tag of the new program.

Mulvihil says the police department compared prices for several different systems and found the features of Street Smart were worth the cost.

The remaining $120,000 is factored into the budget for a new joint dispatch service to be used by both departments.

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