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Design and Limited Testing of a Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement Mentoring Program to Improve the Use and Maintenance of Canines Employed in the Detection of Explosives.

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $1,700,000)

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.

Auburn University will use the FY 2009 Congressionally Selected Awards funds to enhance the management of canine detection teams and to improve the physiological performance and condition of the assigned canines through a tailored mentoring process. Auburn University's Canine Detection Research Institute (CDRI) will develop an enhanced detection canine training and conditioning management program for use by state and local law enforcement agencies. The intent of this pilot program will be the development and transference of the proper knowledge on how to train, maintain, condition and properly feed detection canines to improve their performance and accuracy via a mentoring program. The proposed mentoring program will involve the Alabama Sheriff's Association assisting Auburn in the placement of specially trained beta detection canines with select local or state law enforcement agencies. After one year of service Auburn will conduct a survey to assess the efficacy of this program.


Date Created: August 26, 2009