Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $140,000)
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 Wilmington, Wilmington Police Department will replace the police, fire, and EMS dispatch equipment. The goal is to purchase this new technology that will allow communications officers to send life saving equipment to residents faster. It will enhance their ability to get officers to a scene and deliver information more effective and efficient. The new EMS systems would allow the dispatch to become multi-jurisdictional. The Wilmington Police Department will also purchase tornado sirens which will integrate into the system. They will also replace the dispatch furniture to accommodate the new communications equipment. The updates will greatly improve the efficiencies of the agency.