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Expanding Forensic Education and Enhancing Training for Forensic Scientists and Law Enforcement Personnel

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $625,000)

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.

Middle Tennessee State University will use Fiscal Year 2010 Congressionally Recommended Awards funds to expand its forensic curriculum as a means of graduating more forensic scientists and technicians to fill laboratory positions and to provide quality in-service training for Tennessee law enforcement while exploring distance learning as an alternative. The project will target university students, community organizations, forensic scientists, forensic technicians, law enforcement, and taxpayers of Tennessee. The three goals of the project are to provide high quality forensic education to undergraduate and graduate students, to test the effectiveness of online workshops as a tool to communicate best practices, and to further investigate the effectiveness and cost efficiency of using online workshops to train law enforcement.


Date Created: August 26, 2010