Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $1,100,000)
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.
The city of Baltimore will continue its multi-faceted Gun and Gang Violence Impact program at the Baltimore Police Department. The goal is to remove violent offenders from city streets, eradicate gang strongholds in distressed neighborhoods, and prevent the illegal trafficking of firearms. They will fund salary and overtime costs for police officers assigned to conduct targeted enforcement of violent offenders, gang suppression efforts, and firearm recovery and interdiction initiatives. They will hire data entry personnel, firearms examiners, and gang data analysts, as well as purchase tactical equipment for task force officers.