Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $550,000)
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 Chattanooga will utilize its Fiscal Year 2009 Congressionally Selected Award funds to develop a Post Certified Training Center and Firearms Range for the City of Chattanooga's Police Department (CPD). The first step will be to relocate the current firing range, currently located on a piece of property on Moccasin Bend Road, which has been declared as part of the Moccasin Bend National Park. Funding will be used to purchase and install a bullet trap in the newly relocated firearms range. The bullet trap will be used to stop and contain all types of ammunition being fired during training. The facilities will not only be utilized by CPD, but also other local and federal agencies requiring qualifying of officers.