Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $380,000)
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.
Nassau County, through the county police department, will use fiscal year 2009 Congressionally Selected Awards Program funding to support an anti-gang and anti-gun trafficking initiative aimed at reducing street level gun and gang violence through increased intelligence-driven patrols. Through the grant, officer overtime associated with intensified street level patrols and extensive follow-up investigations will be supported. It is anticipated the ultimate target of the department's efforts will be the larger criminal enterprise often associated with street level crimes. Program performance will be measured by the reduction of gang and gun related violent crimes committed during the award period.