Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $75,000)
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 city of Salem city will install approximately thirty to forty automated citation systems in patrol vehicles and add additional tow and multi-crash forms to seven existing hand held units being used by the Salem Policy Department Traffic Control Unit. The current process of issuing hand written paper citations is a time consuming process that takes approximately 8-10 minutes to complete resulting in productivity loss. The citation system alleviates this problem because it automatically pre-populates the name, vehicle, violation committed, and court information and then directly downloads the information into records and court processing files.