Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $300,000)
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 Central Mountain Training Foundation (CNTF) will use the FY 2009 Congressionally Selected Awards funding to continue the development and delivery of a mobile multiagency and interoperationally enhanced first responder and specialized communication task force. Needs assessments conducted annually by CMTF verified that in order for its newly created first responder task force team members and their multiagency support teams to be more effective and fully functional, a higher level of sophisticated equipment was needed as well as more training to effectively and efficiently meet the critical incident needs of their respective communities. The project's objectives are to: 1) provide interoperational equipment with specialized computer systems and mobile data capabilities designed to manage and track critical incidents to multiagency first responders and support personnel; 2) provide the necessary additional training that is essential for first responders and support personnel; 3) provide personal protection equipment that is essential to the safety and well-being of the first responders and support personnel.