Pasadena’s Public Safety Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved the appropriation of $40, 233 in grant funds from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program to the Pasadena Police Department.
“I’m delighted to see this whole shot in the arm, some extra equipment and I’m grateful for the great service,” Councilmember Steve Madison said during the meeting.
“I would join in that [statement],” said Mayor Victor Gordo. “When there are tragedies, what [people] don’t hear often enough is when our police officers intervened to prevent a tragedy.”
“Too often the public does not get to hear when we have a success and I certainly notice and appreciate it,” Gordo added.
Named after Byrne, an officer in the New York City Police Department who was murdered while protecting a witness in a drug case, the Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to states and units of local government.
According to the Pasadena Police dept., the funding will be used to buy new equipment for the Crisis Negotiation Team, whose mission is to preserve life for both hostages and suspects, and the Criminal Investigations Division.
According to police, in addition to sending specifically trained negotiators to incidents that involved barricaded suspects, the Crisis Negotiation Team deploys ‘throw phones’ and monitoring consoles, which provide direct communication with the subjects, often eventually leading to rescues with no fatalities reported.
Police said he current equipment being utilized by Team is no longer suitable and needs replacement. As per City documentst, $23,733 is needed for the purchase of a Crisis Response System with Throw Phone.
A total of $16,500, is proposed to be used for the purchase of new audio recorders for the Criminal Investigations Division.
The new digital audio recorders will provide the detectives, who investigate serious crime including homicides, kidnappings and assaults, with necessary high-tech tools to obtain statements of evidentiary value during interviews of suspected offenders, police said.