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Parole and Probation Technological Advancement and Improvement Project

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $150,000)

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 Nevada Department of Public Safety will create "Virtual Field Officers." A Virtual Field Officer is equipped with the tools necessary to handle tasks and supervise assigned offenders away from the office. Virtual Field Officers require a form of radio communication, a variety of equipment to help them complete their tasks, and full remote access to the agency's computer data base and network from the field. The equipment needed to outfit the Virtual Field Officer is: high quality digital camera with zoom and video capability for evidentiary purposes; powerful surveillance binoculars with the ability to use night vision technology when appropriate; access to a mobile ID scanner which can quickly confirm the age, identity of associates, contacts with an offender, and the device serves as a deterrent to false identification cards; and a laptop computer, dedicated broadband Internet service, and a computer mounting platform for use in each car with access to the agency's network and database.


Date Created: September 7, 2010