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FY 2009 Justice Assistance Grant Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $95,724)

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 Banning Police Department will its Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG funds to maintain continued operations for the Banning Police Activity League (B.P.A.L.) and provide continued training for the department's Emergency Tactical Unit (ETU). Funds will pay for overtime for four B.P.A.L. and eight ETU positions for a period of four years. B.P.A.L. staff will continue weekend operations for 250-300 disadvantaged youth in the community with activities involving sports, the arts, and team building activities. Also, staff will continue educating participating youth on the disadvantages of being involved with drugs, gangs, and other criminal activities, along with lessons on how to handle peer pressure and stay out of trouble. Funds will allow the ETU to continue bi-monthly training and maintain a state of well-trained readiness to respond to and effectively handle critical incidents that threaten the lives and well-being of citizens.


Date Created: July 15, 2009