Congressionally Directed Spending Requests: Commerce, Justice, Science

Signed Disclosure Letter Available HERE.

PROJECTS REQUESTED

Project Name: ZiaMet MesoNet Weather Monitoring Network Expansion

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Commerce, Justice, Science/Department of Commerce]/[National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration]/[Operations, research, and facilities]/[Special Projects]

Project City/County: Doña Ana County

Recipient: New Mexico State University

Address: MSC 3GRD, PO Box 30001, Las Cruces, NM

Amount Requested: $2,600,000

Project Description and Explanation: The ZiaMet Mesonet expansion would add 120 new stations dispersed throughout New Mexico, vastly increasing the availability of high-quality real-time weather and climate information for local, regional, and national research and decision-making.


Project Name: New Mexico Decedent Image Database

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Commerce, Justice, Science/[Department of Commerce]/[National Institute of Standards and Technology]/[Scientific and technical research and services]/[External Projects]

Project City/County: Albuquerque

Recipient: University of New Mexico

Address: MSC01 1040 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131

Amount Requested: $374,000

Project Description and Explanation: The University of New Mexico's (UNM) Decedent Image Database will improve the accuracy of identifying Native American decedents. Native Americans are disproportionately affected by the crisis of unidentified decedents. Identifying decedent remains can bring closure to families suffering through the trauma of a missing family member. However, current decedent databases often misclassify Native American decedents. UNM plans its research using up-to-date methods coupled with new resources and the Decedent Image Database to improve the accuracy of identifying Native American decedents. The New Mexico Decedent Image Database project has received support letters from the UNM Center for Native American Health, Northern Arizona University, Center for Health Equity Research, and UNM's Office of the Medical Investigator.


Project Name: Albuquerque Trauma Recovery Center for Victims of Violent Crime

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Commerce, Justice, Science/[Department of Justice]/[Office on Justice Programs (OJP)]/[State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance]/[Byrne Discretionary]

Project City/County: Albuquerque

Recipient: City of Albuquerque--Police Department

Address: 400 Roma Avenue Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 87102-2195

Amount Requested: $1,000,000

Project Description and Explanation: The Trauma Recovery Center model provides assertive outreach and engagement to connect victims of crime with trauma recovery services. Trauma Recovery Center model evaluations have found that recipients of trauma recovery services have a positive response to the assistance and demonstrate more overall health improvement than crime victims without trauma recovery assistance. Victims of violent crime are more likely to be victimized again and are more likely to become part of the cycle of violence. The Trauma Recovery Center will provide an essential tool to break this cycle and help victims on a path to recovery.


Project Name: Albuquerque Police Department Public Safety Echo Project

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Commerce, Justice, Science/[Department of Justice]/[Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)]/[COPS Law Enforcement Technology]

Project City/County: Albuquerque

Recipient: City of Albuquerque--Police Department

Address: 400 Roma Avenue Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 87102-2195

Amount Requested: $435,000

Project Description and Explanation: The City of Albuquerque's Public Safety ECHO project will expand the Police Department’s web-based network, purchase equipment, contract program evaluation, web design and technical support, training, travel, and indirect costs for community engagement.


Project Name: Doña Ana County, Rapid DNA

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Commerce, Justice, Science/[Department of Justice]/[Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)]/[COPS Law Enforcement Technology]

Project City/County: Dona Ana County

Recipient: Sheriff Kim Stewart

Address: 845 N. Motel Blvd., Las Cruces, NM 88007

Amount Requested: $350,000

Project Description and Explanation: The proposed Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office Rapid DNA Program would allow the crime lab to expedite its processing and eliminate any backlog. The Rapid DNA technology will allow the crime lab to quickly and accurately identify suspects and victims. The requested amount covers $150,000 for instrumentation, $100,000 for software, and $100,000 for scientific reach back support and consumables.


Project Name: Albuquerque Crossroads for Women, Maya’s Place

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Commerce, Justice, Science/[Department of Justice]/[Office on Justice Programs (OJP)]/[State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance]/[Byrne Discretionary]

Project City/County: Bernalillo County

Recipient: Albuquerque Crossroads for Women, Maya’s Place

Address: 239 Elm Street NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Amount Requested: $1,000,000

Project Description and Explanation: Albuquerque's Crossroads for Women would work with clients to overcome lifelong trauma, many violent in nature, after their release from Metropolitan Detention Services. Services begin during incarceration then transition to the Maya's Place therapeutic community. Women will stay in the facility for six months and receive comprehensive wrap-around services. Following Maya's Place, clients would receive six months of supportive housing and continued case management that includes access to family and vocational specialists, clinicians, additional counselors, and assistance with food, clothing housewares, and hygiene items. After this year-long program, Crossroads for Women alumni have permanent access to peer support and addiction counselors to achieve a health outcome.


Project Name: Albuquerque Police Department, Gunshot Detection System

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Commerce, Justice, Science/[Department of Justice]/[Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)]/[COPS Law Enforcement Technology]

Project City/County: Albuquerque

Recipient: City of Albuquerque--Police Department

Address: 400 Roma Avenue Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 87102-2195

Amount Requested: $1,471,000

Project Description and Explanation: The expansion of the Gunshot Detection System in Albuquerque, NM will benefit the community by providing law enforcement with a faster and more accurate response to gunshots. This increased response time will increase the opportunity for the APD to collect evidence, interview witnesses, and engage with the community. The current APD gunshot detection system covers six square miles; this funding would purchase an additional eight square miles. 


Project Name: City of Carlsbad, First Responder Hand Held Radio Communications

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Commerce, Justice, Science/[Department of Justice]/[Office on Justice Programs (OJP)]/[State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance]/[Byrne Discretionary]

Project City/County: Carlsbad

Recipient: City of Carlsbad

Address: 101 North Halagueno Street, Carlsbad, NM 88220-4943

Amount Requested: $400,000

Project Description and Explanation: The City of Carlsbad's police and fire departments currently rely on obsolete radios that require significant resources to repair. Solid communication is essential to ensuring the safety of first responders and citizens. The new radios will allow first responders to be better prepared and communicate in the event of an emergency and communicate with other cross-jurisdictional agencies in the region. The lack of cross-jurisdictional communication capacity puts first responders and citizens at substantial risk.


Project Name: Sandoval Sheriff’s Mobile Laptop Computers

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Commerce, Justice, Science/[Department of Justice]/[Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)]/[COPS Law Enforcement Technology]

Project City/County: Sandoval County

Recipient: Sandoval County Sherriff's Department

Address: 1500 Idalia, Bernalillo, NM 87004-6303

Amount Requested: $379,000

Project Description and Explanation: The Sandoval County Sheriff's Office requests funding to acquire up to 65 mobile laptop computers to increase effectiveness in responding to and preventing crime. Currently, deputies in the field are using outdated laptops which have difficulty operating on the same system used by dispatch. Deputies' access to current computers will improve service calls, maintain accurate report records, and facilitate real-time sharing of crime data with surrounding agencies. The new computers will also allow the Sheriff's Office to more accurately track crime data that can be readily accessed by law enforcement in the field. This investment will support the mission of community-oriented policing.


Project Name: City of Carlsbad, Police Mobile Command Center for Regional Law Enforcement and First Responders

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Commerce, Justice, Science/

[Department of Justice]/[Office on Justice Programs (OJP)]/[State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance]/[Byrne Discretionary]

Project City/County: Carlsbad

Recipient: City of Carlsbad

Address: 101 North Halagueno Street, Carlsbad, NM 88220-4943

Amount Requested: $575,000

Project Description and Explanation: The City of Carlsbad will acquire, equip, furnish, and install a mobile command center for the Carlsbad Police Department. This command center will also be utilized in partnership with regional law enforcement and first responder agencies across Eddy County and southeast New Mexico. The City of Carlsbad is collaborating with the Artesia Police Department, Carlsbad Fire Department, Eddy County Fire Service, Eddy County Sheriff's Office, Eddy County Emergency Management, and Loving Police Department. The City and its partners anticipate a positive impact on the effectiveness in their response efforts during crisis response incidents. The partnering agencies will be able to respond quickly and with uninterrupted communications during these critical events. During downtimes, the partnering agencies can use the Police Mobile Command Center for community outreach efforts.


Project Name: Santa Fe Broadband Expansion to Public Safety Compound

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Commerce, Justice, Science/[Department of Justice]/[Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)]/[COPS Law Enforcement Technology]

Project City/County: Santa Fe County

Recipient: Santa Fe County

Address: 100 Catron St., Santa Fe, NM 87501

Amount Requested: $1,000,000

Project Description and Explanation: Santa Fe County will extend broadband connectivity to the Public Safety Compound that includes the Fire Chief's headquarters, the Sheriff's Office headquarters, and the County Detention Facility.


Project Name: Grants County Sherriff’s Office, Crisis Response System

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Commerce, Justice, Science/[Department of Justice]/[Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)]/[COPS Law Enforcement Technology]

Project City/County: Grant County

Recipient: Grant County Sheriff’s Office

Address: P.O. Box 898, Silver City, NM 88062

Amount Requested: $30,000

Project Description and Explanation: The Grant County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) would purchase a Crisis Response System to ensure essential communications and intelligence sharing to enhance situational awareness in critical incident situations.