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Mississippi Law Enforcement Rural Training Program

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $400,000)

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 University of Southern Mississippi will use the FY 2009 Congressionally Selected Award to sustain the Mississippi Rural Law Enforcement Training Program, which addresses the lack of continuation training for law enforcement due to funding and manpower shortages. Grant funds will allow the University to provide training which supports the following goals: to create law enforcement excellence through the development of well trained and better prepared officers by defining training needs, developing appropriate curricula, and utilizing high quality instructors; to create program efficiency through the broadest impact possible on the total officer force by taking the training to the field, repeating course offerings at a single site, and creating awareness of the training opportunities; and to create training effectiveness through the continuity of training and credits earned by officers.


Date Created: September 20, 2009