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Valdosta/Lowndes County Crime Lab Equipment Project

Award Information

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Original Solicitation

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.

Funding under this award will allow the City of Valdosta to expand the response and processing capabilities of the new Valdosta Regional Crime Lab which will serve South Georgia/North Florida area law enforcement agencies. The crime lab is a joint venture between the Valdosta Police Department and the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office to operate a crime lab and relieve excessive workload from the overworked state crime labs. Funding will be used to purchase crime scene forensic equipment and crime lab forensic processing equipment to be utilized by personnel assigned to the Valdosta Regional Crime Lab. This will expand the abilities of the Valdosta Regional Crime Lab by providing professional crime scene investigations and crime lab analysis.


Date Created: September 7, 2010