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FY 2009 Recovery Act Justice Assistance Grant Program

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $14,657)

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 city of Farmington, Connecticut will use their 2009 Recovery Act Justice Assistance Grant in the amount of $14,657 to accomplish a much-needed upgrade to the mobile reporting software linking police headquarters and marked police vehicles. The software to be purchased is produced by a local Connecticut firm and is currently utilized by several dozen law enforcement agencies across the state including the Connecticut State Police. The software upgrade will enhance reporting capabilities for field officers allowing them more time for high-visibility patrol. The software will also greatly enhance officer safety as it includes GPS unit mapping and will provide faster access to state and local databases including criminal history, motor vehicle, and NCIC. The software will be purchased expeditiously from a Connecticut vendor and will help stimulate the Connecticut economy. The additional funds ($879) needed to complete the purchase of the software and mobile server will be provided by the city.


Date Created: June 1, 2009