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The Southwest New Mexico Border Law Enforcement Alliance

Award Information

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Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $375,000)

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 Luna County Sheriff's Department will use this Fiscal Year 2009 Congressionally Selected Award for the Southwest New Mexico Border Law Enforcement Alliance (the Alliance). The Alliance is composed of the Sheriff Departments of Dona Ana County, Hidalgo County, Grant County, Luna County, Otero County, and the Police Departments of Deming, Sunland Park, Lordsburg, Las Cruces, and Columbus to enhance law enforcement preparedness and operational readiness in southern New Mexico. Equipment provided will aid in increasing the ability of local law enforcement on southern New Mexico border area counties to: 1) reduce crime in border communities and consequently improve the quality of life and economic vitality of area; 2) apprehend and deter smugglers of humans, drugs, and other contraband; and 3) increase the probability of apprehending terrorists and their weapons as they attempt to illegally enter the United States.


Date Created: August 30, 2009