Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $1,000,000)
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.
Cape Girardeau County will use the awarded grant funds to assist the Missouri Sheriff's Meth-Amphetamine Relief Team (MOSMART) project. The mission of the MOSMART Project is to reduce the production and use of methamphetamine by having additional meth investigators working in the field statewide. The intensive and concentrated effort established by the sheriffs and task forces to seize meth labs and prosecute criminal offenders is imperative to the reduction of methamphetamine in Missouri. MOSMART is the most successful program initiated in Missouri at combating clandestine methamphetamine labs. Unlike many federal programs that limit hiring of personnel, MOSMART primarily funds manpower because the dismantling of clandestine labs is manpower intensive. The MOSMART project will be used to fund additional law enforcement officers, overtime, medical screening, and training on the proper recognition, collection, removal, and destruction of methamphetamine.