Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $10,000)
The Congressionally Recommended Awards Program, authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), 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 recommended by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-117, 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 2010 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY2010 Department of Justice Appropriations Act.
The City of Findlay will purchase a speed trailer and a video surveillance system for the police department. The speed trailer is designed to reduce speeding through the city center which will reduce complaints and accidents and ensure the safety of elementary and middle school students. The surveillance system will be installed at the city park and will assist police in deterring juvenile delinquency. Findlay is a highly traveled area due to its central location on Lake Shelbyville, which is surrounded by campgrounds, marinas, and resorts. The city has only one full-time police officer, who is in charge of the public safety of the city. During tourist season, thousands of tourists drive through Findlay, and the police department receives complaints of vehicles driving too fast through town and endangering the lives of elderly residents and school children. The speed trailer will be placed along the roadway and indicate to motorists their speed and the speed limit with the intent of reducing speed. The trailer will keep a log of the number of vehicles and their speed, and these data will be used to determine whether increased patrol of the area is necessary. The surveillance system will record activity in the park and will be used to reduce crime and increase safety.