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Minnesota State Patrol Digital In-Squad Video Cameras

Award Information

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Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $240,000)

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 Minnesota State Patrol will use FY 10 Congressionally Recommended funds to enhance and purchase law enforcement equipment technology. They will purchase forty (40) digital in-squad video cameras. The new digital cameras will replace the aging VHS video cameras. The new digital in-squad cameras will allow for clear audio and visual recording. Video and audio evidence captured on the digital video systems can be used in court cases, police pursuits and internal affairs investigations. These significant upgrades and enhancements are beneficial in improving Minnesota State Patrol's in-squad surveillance and recording methods.


Date Created: September 7, 2010