This awardee has received supplemental funding. This award detail page includes information about both the original award and supplemental awards.
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2005, $986,643)
The National Corrections and Law Enforcement Training and Technology Center (NCLETTC) was established in 1998 at the former West Virginia State Penitentiary, in Moundsville as a year round training and technology center for corrections, law enforcement and public safety organizations. That same year, recognizing the need for a facility that provided training for all public safety agencies and offering a setting for technology evaluation, funding was secured to renovate certain areas to improve the quality and suitability of the physical plant for active training. With this funding, NCLETTC was created and subsequently began working towards establishing and developing the facility as a national asset. The vision for the Center has been built on the successful Mock Riots held annually at the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville since 1997. In 1997 the West Virginia Division of Corrections (WV DOC) returned to the facility they had vacated in 1995, but this time for training purposes. What started out as a training exercise for members of Northern Correctional Facility's cell extraction and rescue team (CERT) turned into an exercise in training and technology evaluation. This first attempt at a "Mock Riot" made headlines and allowed the WVDOC to plan for a 1998 event. Corrections and law enforcement agencies, as well as product manufacturers, entrepreneurs, inventors, the US Department of Defense, NASA and the Department of Energy were in line to be part of the second "Riot." The 1998 "Riot" was a huge success with representatives from 30 states and three countries observing over 80 tactical personnel from OH, PA, WV, Puerto Rico and the Federal Bureau of Prisons role playing as inmates, hostages and officers in planned scenarios. Over 60 new and emerging technologies were showcased, permitting tactical teams and correctional personnel to see, touch and experiment with the tools that could assist them in their jobs. Many of the technologies were incorporated into the training scenarios. Based on the positive reviews from the participants, the concept of a full-time training center evolved. Today, the National Corrections and Law Enforcement Training and Technology Center serves as a national facility, lending itself to various training exercises offering a safe and secure environment for technology testing and evaluation. We offer programming to groups from corrections, law enforcement and public safety. Set training modules developed specifically for the facility are scheduled during the year. Also, teams have the opportunity to create scenarios tailored to their specific job or task. The NCLETTC conducts training on-site and via our mobile training team.
The Byrne Discretionary funds provided here will support the continued development of the training and technology center located in Moundsville, WV.