Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $200,000)
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.
Wallace State Community College will purchase and install integrated physical security systems including text and voice early warning systems, emergency sirens, safety monitoring equipment and safety lighting. Cooperative efforts with local area law enforcement, first-responders, and community agencies will be implemented that are prevention-focused as well as response-focused for all types of violence. This project will serve over 6,000 students who visit the Wallace State campus weekly and an additional 3,000 residents in the surrounding area, providing both students and the community with a safe environment in which to learn, live and work.
The goals of the project are: (1) to improve the capacity and coordination of the Wallace State Campus Safety team with local criminal justice agencies to plan, manage, and provide resources to reduce crime on the campus and in the community; (2) to provide a safe and crime free environment for students (including juveniles), faculty/staff, and community members; and (3) to provide notification of natural/catastrophic/emergency situations to students, faculty/staff and community members both on and off-campus.