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Congress Passes Appropriations Measure; Louisville to Receive over $1 Million for Four Local Projects

Location: Washington, DC

Congress Passes Appropriations Measure; Louisville to Receive over $1 Million for Four Local Projects

Washington- Today, the United States House of Representatives passed an appropriations conference report which included over $1 million in federal earmarks for four Louisville projects.

The Louisville Metro Police Department is expected to receive $810,000 for mobile data terminals (MDTs). According to the Louisville Metro Police Department, the MDTs will give officers the capability of writing electronic citations (e-citations) and incident reports, as well as conducting wanted checks through the National Criminal Information Center (NCIC), inspecting driver's licenses and checking on dangerous locations. More importantly, all of these functions can be conducted out in the field from the officer's patrol car, enabling the Department to collect more accurate information in a timely fashion.

"The men and women of the Louisville Metro Police Department owe a debt of gratitude to Congresswoman Anne Northup. Her efforts in obtaining this funding will allow the Department to purchase mobile data terminals (MDTs) for our patrol units and assist in our goal to provide each patrol officer and each patrol sergeant with an MDT," said Colonel Robert E. White.

The Center for Women and Families, which runs a domestic violence program, is set to receive $146,000 for services to children. Prodigal Industries, Inc., a prisoner re-entry program, will receive $25,000.

"Our local police, who put their lives on the line for us every day, deserve not only our support and appreciation, but the very best equipment available," said Congresswoman Northup. "These other important programs will help keep children away from violence and help prisoners make a successful transition back into our communities by addressing substance abuse problems."

Since 2000, Louisville police have received a total of $5.3 million in federal funding for MDTs. Since 2002, the Center for Women and Families has received $1.8 million in federal funding.

The Science, and Department of State, Justice, and Commerce, and Related Agencies conference report passed the House by a vote of 397 to 19. The U.S. Senate is expected to pass the bill soon, after which it will be sent to the president for his signature.

The following projects are set to receive funding:

* Louisville Metropolitan Government- Mobile Data Terminals $810,000
* Center for Women and Families, Inc.- Creative Employment Program $146,000
* Shively Police Department- Law enforcement technologies $35,000
* Prodigal Ministries, Inc- Prisoner Re-entry program $25,000

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