Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $400,000)
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 Laredo Community College (LCC) will support the South Texas Border Regional Policy Academy (STBRPA) to provide key training to aid law enforcement officers. The fundamental goal of the STBRPA is to provide optimum training for recruits to pass proficiency standards and to assist seasoned officers in demonstrating their continued proficiency on the most demanding real life scenarios. Funds requested for this project will be utilized to purchase a new target retrieval system and replace the current outdated components of the indoor firearms range. The purchase of the retrieval system will greatly decrease maintenance and downtime resulting in increased training/contact hours. STBRPA will purchase a Firearms Training Simulator (FATS) to provide mobile state-of-the-art instruction to multiple law enforcement agencies. FATS will enhance current course offerings which are designed to encompass marksmanship, manipulation, tactics, and mental conditioning as they relate to the defensive use of diverse firearms.