Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $500,000)
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 Chattanooga will purchase the necessary equipment for a regional training facility that would serve the needs of many law enforcement officers working in Homeland Security District 3 and to build a multi-purpose Regional Training Facility. The primary purpose of the facility would be to provide a safe and practical environment for required training for local, state, and federal law enforcement officers. Specific purchases will include a bullet trap, a required piece for the indoor range, a fixed targeting system, classroom equipment, an armored weapons storage vault, and a classroom weapons storage vault for limited or daytime storage. A regional training center would bring area law enforcement officers together and develop networks likely resulting in increased crime fighting efforts.