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Mineral County Law Enforcement Emergency Staff Retention Program

Award Information

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Awardee County
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $19,696)

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.

Mineral County will use its Recovery Act JAG funds to provide salary and benefits for a full-time emergency dispatch position in the Mineral County 911 Center. Since the last fiscal year, the sheriff's office experienced a budget crisis forcing the layoff of one full-time and one part-time dispatcher. This position allows the sheriff's office to have a full staff and avoid paying overtime for existing staff. The Mineral County 911 Center provides 24/7 dispatch for all emergency services in Mineral County. This includes federal agencies such as the U.S. Marshals Office, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the U.S. Forest Service, Montana Highway Patrol, Fish Wildlife and Parks, Bureau of Criminal Investigations, four fire departments/QRU units, and county deputies.


Date Created: July 1, 2009