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Improving Vermont's Law Enforcement's Digital Forensics Infrastructure through Training and System Upgrades

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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.

Champlain College will use the grant funds to enhance and improve Vermont's law enforcement digital forensics infrastructure through training and system upgrades. A team of Champlain College faculty, staff, and students will: develop training modules and deliver trainings in digital data capture and digital forensics to Vermont law enforcement professionals; develop information-sharing networks for examiners and detectives; provide expert-level instruction to local law enforcement professionals and Champlain students; and analyze and improve the systems used to track and monitor evidence. Project efforts and decisions will be guided by an Advisory Committee comprised of individuals with hands-on digital forensics experience in Vermont who understand the needs of the examiner community and other law professionals. These significant enhancements and upgrades are beneficial to improving Vermonts forensics and digital investigations. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 7, 2010