Published: Jul 16, 2012 6:17 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 16, 2012 6:23 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral police are getting cash to fight crime thanks to thousands of dollars in federal grant money. It's called the JAG grant.

For a police officer, checking a license plate is just part of the job. Sgt. Dana Coston says officers call the plate in to a dispatcher, or can key it in on a computer.

But money that's been approved will go to new equipment that will speed up the process: an automated license plate reader that can scan multiple plates.

"It uses a series of cameras connected to a pretty powerful portable computer and cellular mode," said Coston.

It brings up valuable information, such as a stolen car or a Silver Alert, in a matter of seconds.

The Department of Justice has approved almost $22,000 of federal funds, through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, or simply called the JAG grant.

The police department is no stranger to asking for grant money, they've done so in the past to help fund equipment. Those in the community say they are excited about the grant, and hope it makes Cape Coral a safer place to live.

"We need a little bit more support. I don't think many people support the police. I think its a good thing," said Cape resident Dan Patchen.

It's only one system, but police plan to put it to work at high volume traffic events, such as Red White and Boom or Hugefest. 

"As we start to see these things deployed we're going to see costs come down," said Coston.

The JAG Grant was created in 2004 by Congress to create safer communities.