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Purchase of Equipment for City of Sparta Police Dept. : Live Scan Instrument, Vests, Radios, and 2 Police Cars

Award Information

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Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $100,000)

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.

This funding will allow the City of Sparta to purchase needed equipment for its police department. Sparta, Georgia/Hancock is the poorest county in the State of Georgia and these funds will allow for the purchase of needed equipment for the police department that otherwise could not afford to make such purchases. The City of Sparta will purchase the following equipment: one Live Scan Finger Print unit that will allow for easy operation, accuracy, and faster background checks; two Dodge Charger Police Units to provide safe and dependable vehicles for police first responders; ten bullet-resistant body armor vests to protect the department's officers; phone recording and surveillance equipment for monitoring in-bound and out-bound calls at police headquarters, monitoring drug activities, and for use in helping bring charges for criminal activities and proving evidence in court proceedings; and four portable radios for use by the police department.


Date Created: September 17, 2009