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Purchase, Upgrade, and Install Crucial Emergency Communications Equipment

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $110,000)

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 Fairfield Police Department will use the grant funds to purchase and upgrade critical communications and emergency equipment. The department's most immediate need is for a reliable emergency back-up power source, and funds will be used to purchase a generator. In addition, the department does not have a reliable communication system for sharing critical information between officers, vehicles, and headquarters. The department will purchase equipment to complete its current radio system, expand the headquarters telephone system, upgrade the headquarters computers, integrate door locking and video surveillance equipment, and replace vehicle and portable radios and in-car computers. This equipment will directly increase public and officer safety and improve the functioning of the criminal justice system by guaranteeing accessibility, operability, and communication of critical information on a 24-hour basis to Fairfield and Wayne County law enforcement.


Date Created: September 2, 2010