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Armstrong County Emergency Operating Center Upgrades: 911 Public Safety Radio System

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $100,000)

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.

Armstrong County will use the grant funds to upgrade its police communications by implementing a public safety grade P-25 digital countywide radio system that will promote communications among law enforcement agencies. The system will improve the delivery of service as well as officer safety by connecting all police officers within Armstrong County to the county 911 dispatch. It will provide the capability for all jurisdictions to communicate directly with one another. The upgrade will improve timeliness of dispatch and response to victims of violent crime, eliminate or minimize communication "dead spots", establish community- and county-level cross-jurisdictional coordination and interoperability, and improve safety of law enforcement officers through reliable communications.


Date Created: August 29, 2010