Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $200,000)
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 Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office will use the FY 2009 Congressionally Selected Award for equipment and technology upgrades. Grant funds will specifically be used to purchase and equip one (1) Vanguard Remotely Operated Vehicle (Robot). This vehicle is multi-functional and will be used by law enforcement officers responding to situations involving EOD/IEDD threats, hazmat operations, and other tactical and surveillance needs. This equipment will allow the Sheriff's Office to assess incidents effectively without placing officers in danger and provide optimal public safety during crisis and emergency situations.