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City of Austin Technology Enhancement Project

Award Information

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Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $250,000)

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 Austin will increase the capacity of local law enforcement to implement community policing strategies of the Austin Police Department. The overall goal is to strengthen partnerships for a safer community and improve the investigative capacity of the department to prevent, solve, and control crime. The Austin Police Department will procure technology-related equipment purchases and services and continue to build a reliable, sustainable infrastructure for deploying crime hot-spot camera systems citywide. The goals of the project are to increase the technological capacity of law enforcement to combat violent and property crimes and to engage in community policing activities. The Austin Police Department will accomplish these goals by focusing on several key objectives: purchasing and installing crime hot-spot camera systems as well as a reliable, sustainable infrastructure; using the cameras as visual indicators of criminal activity; using technology as a guide for developing and implementing effective community policing strategies; and better ensuring public safety and the safety of officers and other emergency response personnel.


Date Created: August 16, 2010