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Local Law Enforcement Counter Narcotic Technology Enhancement

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $220,000)

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 Washington County District Attorney's Office will use their 2009 Congressionally Selected Awards funds to improve the criminal justice system in Washington County. This will be done by providing state of the art tools and equipment to bolster investigative efforts, enhance communications abilities, reduce the threat of harm to undercover narcotics investigators, and augment traditional means of gathering evidence making successful prosecutions more likely. The equipment includes but is not limited to tracking systems, hidden cameras, recorders, and binoculars. Additionally, this program will provide a much needed storehouse for municipal police departments to access technology and professionals that are not currently available due to limited resources.


Date Created: August 27, 2009