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Police Officer Retention Program

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $791,673)

This grant program is authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5) (the 'Recovery Act') and by 42 U.S.C. 3751(a). The stated purposes of the Recovery Act are: to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; to assist those most impacted by the recession; to provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health; to invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; and to stabilize state and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases. The Recovery Act places great emphasis on accountability and transparency in the use of taxpayer dollars. Among other things, it creates a new Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and a new website ' Recovery.gov ' to provide information to the public, including access to detailed information on grants and contracts made with Recovery Act funds.

The JAG Program funded under the Recovery Act is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. Recovery JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system, from multi-jurisdictional drug and gang task forces to crime prevention and domestic violence programs, courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives. Recovery JAG funded projects may address crime through the provision of services directly to individuals and/or communities and by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of criminal justice systems, processes, and procedures.

The Worcester Police Department (WPD) will utilize FY 2009 Recovery Act JAG funds for a Police Officer Retention Program. The primary goal of this program is to retain 24 sworn WPD Officers scheduled for layoffs over the next few months. Retaining these officers will allow WPD to continue utilizing the split force law enforcement, which divides policing activities into operations activities and community impact activities. The operations activities focus on traditional policing functions. The community impact activities allow officers to interact with the community and engage in crime prevention and problem-solving strategies. This model allows WPD to enhance and establish pro-active community groups as well as external law enforcement partnerships to address crime in the City of Worcester in an efficient and effective manner.


Date Created: May 10, 2009