Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $1,299,589)
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 Justice Assistance Grant (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.
Anne Arundel County will use its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant ($1,299,589) to boost its crime reduction and prevention strategy. The funds will be used by the police department, sheriff's office, detention facilities, and state's attorney's office to improve the overall efficiency of their individual operations as well as to strengthen the bonds of their interagency criminal justice partnership. The police department will purchase 15 cruisers, increase its participation in a statewide e-ticket program, upgrade the firing range at the training academy, and purchase forensic and other equipment to improve evidence collection and arrest processing. The sheriff's office will use the funds to add a K-9 to the ranks of patrol officers, upgrade equipment to improve visitor safety at the County Courthouse, and provide overtime to reduce the backlog of open fugitive warrants. The detention facilities will install digital video cameras and purchase a scanner to prohibit contraband. The state's attorney's office will upgrade computers, scanners, and software to enhance its case management system. The decision by the County Commissioners to use the 2009 grant funds in this way reflects their commitment to ensuring the health, safety and protection of their constituents. The police department will issue thorough, comprehensive written progress and fiscal reports on a quarterly schedule to keep all interested parties apprised of the coordinated effort of moving forward toward the goal of preventing and reducing crime in Anne Arundel County.
- Ballistic Shields for School Resource Officers and Rescue Task Force
- National Training and Technical Assistance Project on Reducing Violent Crime
- Implementation of the BERLA iVE vehicle system forensic tool to fortify investigative methods and strengthen criminal prosecutions for restoring justice and safety for victims and the community.