DERRY — Police will receive almost $20,000 in federal grant money to help the department with a variety of projects.
Police are eligible for a Justice Assistance Grant, a four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The Town Council approved the grant money application at its meeting April 10.
Police Chief Edward Garone told councilors the money would be used for two department projects.
One is for police to acquire the Cellebrite Universal Forensic Extraction Device to allow officers to assist forensic investigations, and extract information and data from phones, laptops and other devices.
The device will aid local law enforcement in their work with the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and will greatly expand capabilities during investigations around the state, he said.
The price of the project is $14,600.
JAG money also will help local police gain video surveillance equipment, a custom remote WatchBox system, to help with investigations into drug usage and activity. The equipment would help gather essential video images covertly, 24 hours a day, for up to 40 days.
The equipment is portable, reusable and wireless, and can be shared with other agencies both locally and at the county level.
The cost of the video surveillance equipment is $4,851.
Garone said the grant money helps the department gain valuable equipment to enhance programs and operations.
"This is the fifth time we've received such a grant," he said.
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