Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $101,734)
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.
The disparate jurisdictions consisting of the city of Carlsbad and Eddy County will use its Recovery Act JAG funds in the amount of $101,734 to purchase law enforcement equipment. Eddy County will be the fiscal agent for this grant, and both the city of Carlsbad and Eddy County agreed to divide the total award amount equally. The city of Carlsbad will use their portion of the JAG award to purchase 30 AR-15 rifles and 30 rifle racks. Eddy County will use its portion of the JAG award to purchase 10 pairs of night vision goggles, three night vision auto-gated weapon sights, and training for the sheriff's department Tactical Response Team. These purchases will help increase officer safety and enhance services to the community.