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Downriver Mutual Aid System Preparedness 8

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $500,000)

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 Downriver Community Conference will use their grant to improve the overall level of connectivity and communications between member communities of the Downriver Mutual Aid (DMA) consortium and to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system in the region. The DMA consortium consists of 18 geographically contiguous communities that represent approximately 360,000 residents and support 650 police officers. Project objectives are to: (1) effectively maintain the regional E911 system to ensure connectivity between communities and the state; (2) provide more expeditious and effective dispatch service, especially across jurisdictional boundaries; (3) ensure that at least one community becomes a certified command/call center; (4) create one or two emergency management centers for natural disasters; and (5) eliminate/reduce the need for the State Police to serve as a call center back-up for the area. Equipment will be purchased, installed, and implemented to meet the project objectives. Purchases will include upgraded radios, computer-aided dispatch equipment, and computerized records management systems.


Date Created: September 9, 2009