Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $215,000)
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.
Oneida County will use FY 2009 Congressionally Selected Awards funding to support its universal records management system project. The project aims to better equip law enforcement agencies within the county with a comprehensive records management system maintained, utilized, and accessed by all departments. The grant funded system will ultimately aid in investigations by allowing access to all participating agencies' data regarding prior law enforcement contact with a suspect and gang intelligence. Because officers will be able to access the database while in the field, the information will assist in active investigations and also address officer safety concerns.