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

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

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 –

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 –

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.