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Gnadenhutten Police Improvement Project

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Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $30,000)

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 Village of Gnadenhutten will use the grant for law enforcement purposes. The village is experiencing significant budget shortfalls due to the downturn in the local economy. The police department must upgrade equipment and retain its current force level to provide essential public safety services. The department plans to equip police cruisers with hand held lasers that will improve traffic enforcement and accident investigations. Since the department is faced with officer layoffs, funding will also be used to support an officer's salary and benefits. With no reduction in force and upgraded equipment, the Gnadenhutten Police Department expects to increase its efficiency and effectiveness in delivering law enforcement services to citizens.


Date Created: August 25, 2009