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Tarleton State University Rural Law Enforcement Initiative

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $1,500,000)

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 will be used in to enhance the crime fighting capabilities of law enforcement agencies within a seventy-five county Texas area by providing them with mobile access to law enforcement software and database applications. Tarleton State University will provide financial assistance for the cost of wireless, mobile access, so that agencies are able to access the currently provided information sharing and crime analysis database, their records management systems, and other applications. TSU will provide equipment, installation, training, and administrative assistance at no cost to the agencies. Funding will also be used in support of terrorism prevention and response training for local law enforcement and first responders. The purpose of these funds is to develop, conduct, and evaluate training and to support all training requirements specifically to: 1. provide education on terrorism, terrorists, and their general methods of operation to various elements of the law enforcement community across the Southeastern U.S.; 2. prepare law enforcement and first responders to effectively recognize, react to, and report indicators of terrorism/criminal extremism; 3. increase law enforcement and first responders' survivability chances in a terrorist or WMD event; 4. expand no-cost antiterrorism training opportunities to first responders and law enforcement agencies throughout the southeastern U.S.


Date Created: September 6, 2010