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Efficiency and Technological Advancement Initiative

Award Information

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

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $98,800)

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 Sheriff Department will use the FY 2009 Congressionally Selected Award to improve the functioning of their criminal justice system through efficiency and technology advancement. They will use grant funds to purchase a GPS (Global Positioning System) for all patrol vehicles, a TouchPrint System, voice activated recorders, computer equipment (laptops and desktops), and repair their jail security system. The parish has seen an increase in robberies, assaults, arsons, larcenies, and auto theft. The requested equipment is expected to aid in loss prevention, increase the conviction rate of criminals, and enhance security at the jail and protect the parish from false claims.


Date Created: September 9, 2009