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Mobile Training Lab for the Rural Justice Training Center

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Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $223,587)

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.

Central Wyoming College (CWC) will establish a Mobile Training Lab (MTL) for the Rural Criminal Justice Training Center. Wyoming has open spaces and a diminutive population with no centralized training centers for the proactive education of law enforcement officials. The Rural Criminal Justice Training Center will emphasize interagency training and cooperation by combining two-way, interactive audio-visual electronic training resources between the college and other agencies. The MTL will provide trainings on justice and safety to county sheriff departments, municipal police departments, county jails, rural prisons, search and rescue teams, and fire departments. The MTL will also have a portal virtual firearms system that can be taken directly to a requesting law enforcement agency for training. Trainings will include the Firearms Training System (FATS); crime scene processing and evidence collection; identification and resolving criminal justice ethical issues; effective interpersonal communications; understanding and applying criminal and constitutional law and procedures; and using and understanding technology and chemical hazards, including drugs. The grant funds grant will pay for a heavy-duty vehicle and utility trailer to function as the MTL, travel costs for the MTL to visit rural locations, and the salary and fringe benefits for a part-time MTL program director.


Date Created: September 22, 2008