Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $750,000)
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.
Allegheny County will use funds to create an Integrated Threat Monitoring System, which will integrate multiple video surveillance and communications systems for data and images for the purpose of coordinating responses to emergencies. Allegheny County will utilize a networked server, with a single access portal and will purchase and deploy video surveillance cameras which will also feed into the new monitoring system. The goal is to build capacity in the Emergency Operations Center to improve public safety and response in the region. To accomplish this, Allegheny County will: (a) hire a Program Coordinator who will conduct an assessment survey of existing data sources and adding new data sources; (b) prepare, bid, and award an RFP for the Integrated Threat Monitoring System; and (c) purchase and deploy surveillance cameras in Allegheny County locations.