November 06, 2009

Senate Bill Includes More than $4 Million for Oregon Law Enforcement and Public Safety Projects

Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill Also Includes $80 million for Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund

Washington D.C. - Continuing efforts to provide Oregon law enforcement with the tools they need to keep residents safe, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D- Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D- Ore.) announced that Oregon will receive more than $4 million as part of the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill passed by the U.S. Senate. The funding provides for violence and drug prevention efforts, giving law enforcement the resources they need to protect communities including funding for prevention and enforcement of illegal drug activity and assistance for at-risk youth.

"This funding will create and protect Oregon law enforcement jobs and give those men and women the tools to best protect our communities," Wyden said. "The projects in this bill will help fight illegal drug use, prevent sexual abuse and provide training and equipment for law enforcement officials."

"In Oregon, we've witnessed how meth can tear apart local communities and put our children at risk," said Merkley. "These projects will help local law enforcement protect our communities from meth and other crime, and invest in proven prevention strategies to keep Oregon families safe."

The legislation also includes $80 million for the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund to finance conservation initiatives to help recover Pacific Salmon populations.

Projects in Commerce, Science and Justice Appropriations bill include:

Marion County Kid's First Initiative - $740,000

Funds will be used to target resources to successful programs and services focused on children affected by meth addiction in "high-risk" families.

Jackson County Consolidated 911 Dispatch Center - $710,000
Funds will be used to consolidate two existing aged dispatch centers into one new modern center.

South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team (SCINT) - $600,000
Funds will be used to increase regional efforts to counter illegal drug activities and promote public safety.

Oregon State Police Mobile Data Center - $500,000
Funds will be spent to upgrade and enhance applications to allow secure mobile access for Oregon State Police Officers and to develop applications that can generate reports, write citations, and support mobile video systems.

Lane County Public Safety Technology Improvements - $500,000
Funds will be used to make improvements for regional training, security and communications facilities.

Project Clean State - $450,000
Funds will be used to support a program that reduces legal and practical barriers from individuals who can't obtain housing, employment, education and other services.

Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) - $300,000

Funds will be used to provide services to sexual assault victims as well as support efforts to prevent sexual assault through education.

The Multidisciplinary Institute for Neuropsychiatric Diagnosis at OHSU - $200,000
Funds will be used to research and develop tests for psychiatric disorders associated with methamphetamine abuse.

Washington County Drug Court - $100,000
Funds will be used in conjunction with State and local resources to sustain and enhance operation of the Washington County Drug Court.

Clackamas County Interagency Meth Initiative - $100,000
Funding will be used to curb the epidemic use of methamphetamine in Clackamas County.

Rx to Save Teens' Lives - $100,000
Funds will be used to prevent prescription drug abuse through education programs for youth and parents as well as launching a statewide media campaign aimed at informing residents about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.