Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $500,000)
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.
Alabama Department of Public Safety (ADPS) will use the FY 2009 Congressionally Selected Award funds for the ADPS Toughbook Expansion Project. The goal of the project is to expand the mobile data system in use in the Highway Patrol Division to include all troopers patrolling Alabama's roadways in order to increase the efficiency, effectiveness, and safety of troopers in the field and expedite the delivery of services to the public and other stakeholders through the use of technology. The funds will be used to purchase laptops for 38 trooper recruits and to continue data transmittal from patrol vehicles through the continued funding of air card service for officers. The project will facilitate continued information sharing between the ADPS, the court system, and other law enforcement agencies.