The Iowa City Police Department (ICPD), in partnership with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, is making application for the FY2016 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Grant administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.

The Departments were notified that they are eligible for $28,453. It has been agreed that the ICPD will take responsibility for application and management of this grant. In return, Iowa City will receive 52 percent of the funds ($14,795.56) and Johnson County will receive 48 percent ($13,657.44).

If funding is approved, the ICPD would allocate funding towards the purchase of a speed/message display trailer. In the past, the ICPD had two speed display trailers that were deployed on a regular basis. Currently, the Police Department has no operable speed/message display trailers. The City Council approved the purchase of one speed/message display trailer in FY17.  If the Department is awarded this grant, it would again be able to deploy two speed/message display trailers. Objectives for the utilization of speed/message display trailers are to reduce the speed of vehicles traveling through work, school and residential zones; encourage speed limit compliance; increase safety and disseminate travel or other useful information to community motorists.

In accordance with the Justice Assistance Grant application, the public is invited to make comment on the grant application and the intended expenditures of the funding if awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, either through the Iowa City Council, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors or the Iowa City Police Department. To comment, or for more information, contact Capt. Bill Campbell at 319-356-5286 or

Date of publication

Thursday, June 30, 2016