$474K grant to help fund new system for booking

Jackson City Council members on Tuesday approved a $474,356 grant to help pay for a centralized jail booking system between the police and Hinds County Sheriff’s Department.

The grant, which requires no matching money from the city or county, will go toward computer hardware and software, bullet-resistant vests and a grant coordinator’s salary, according to council documents.

Police Chief Robert Moore, who said he was out of town at a police chief’s conference, said his department and the sheriff’s department had applied for the grant from the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance a couple of months ago. He couldn’t recall how the money was to be split.

Sheriff Malcolm McMillin said Tuesday he didn’t know about the grant.

Council President Leslie B. McLemore said Deputy Police Chief Edna Drake, who presented the grant, didn’t completely explain how the money would be split.

Clarion Ledger
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