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Jefferson State Community College Crime Prevention for Campus and Community Initiative

Award Information

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Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $100,000)

The Congressionally Selected Awards Program, authorized by the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects selected by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-8, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 09 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY09 Omnibus Appropriations Act.

The Jefferson State Community College will use the FY 2009 Congressionally Selected Award for the Campus and Community Initiative. The funds will be used to purchase new technology equipment to enhance the safety and security of the campus by helping the police department to become more efficient in detecting and responding to crime. The first component of the project is to purchase and install a video surveillance system to monitor the interior and exterior of the buildings. Grant funds will only be used to purchase the equipment. The campus police will utilize qualified personnel currently employed by the department to install the equipment. An additional component of this program is purchasing and utilizing mobile data terminals in the patrol vehicles. The officers in the car will have a variety of information previously unavailable. For the first time in the departments' history, the officers will have access to the National Crime Information System (NCIC). The final component of the initiative is the purchasing, installation, and use of the e2Campus alert beacon system.

The advancements in technology provided by this funding will ultimately allow each officer to be more effective in their job performance. Utilization of surveillance cameras will allow one person to monitor several locations simultaneously. The access to NCIC by lap top computers mounted in the patrol vehicles will increase the amount of information that officers have while on patrol, ultimately allowing them to be more through in their job. Additionally, the use of the laptop computers will reduce the amount of time the officers spend writing reports and increase their time patrolling and answering calls for service.


Date Created: August 26, 2009