Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $447,174)
The Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program (Byrne Discretionary Program) helps local communities improve the capacity of local justice systems and provides for national support efforts. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 08 Congressional Budget. Funds should be used for purposes recommended by Congress.
The Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC) will develop several new and innovative tools for Alabama's law enforcement community. One enhancement is the addition of all local jail population data to Alabama's Law Enforcement Tactical System (LETS). With this LETS enhancement, officers across the state will have the ability to query a real-time database of the entire Alabama inmate population. Also, ACJIC will administer a pilot project to test and deploy wireless handheld fingerprint acquisition and matching technology to Alabama law enforcement officers. This technology will allow officers to capture fingerprints, determine any outstanding warrants and assist with immigration enforcement efforts. ACJIC will provide Alabama's law enforcement community with readily accessible data pertaining to the entire jail population of Alabama and the ability address the lack of identification-confirmation capabilities in the field.