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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2004, $14,967,000)
Project Summary for 2003-IJ-CX-K102
The Justice and Safety Center (JSC) at Eastern Kentucky University, by leveraging off of Kentucky economic development funds, will expand work with NIJ programs though the creation of the Public Safety and Security Institute for Technology.
EAGLE-TEK will improve public safety through the use of technology. JSC's newly formed Public Safety and Security institute for Technology (PSI*TEK) will accomplish this through technology research, development, assessment, and implementation in Investigation in Investigative and Forensic Sciences and Learning Technologies. JSC will also work with the Law Enforcement Technology Enhancement Program at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Kentucky to develop the Information Analysis Fusian Center. Additionally, the University of Kentucky's School of Law will run the Electronic Rural Access Demonstration Project.
Eastern Kentucky University will provide planning and management support for the Department of Justice/Department of Homeland Security "Technologies for Public Safety in Critical Incident Response Conference and Exposition" on September 27-29, 2004. The Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) Justice and Safety Center (JSC) will contract with the Center for Technology Commercialization, Inc. (CTC) to provide these services.
The public safety and first responder community is highly fragmented. There are approximately 2.5 million public safety first responders in the United States, working for 18,000 state and local law enforcement agencies, 26,000 fire departments, and over 6,000 rescure departments, who need to communicate with each other during critical incidents. This project involves creating a one-stop-shop portal as a critical need towards providing access to tools and information to assist in the growing need to provide web based resources to the public safety community.