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FY 2009 Recovery Act Justice Assistance Grant Program

Award Information

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Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $121,139)

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.

Scott County and the city of Sikeston are disparate and will use their Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act Justice Assistance Grant funds in the amount of $121,139 to support the Joint Law Enforcement Enhancement Project (JLEEP) by purchasing equipment vital to the reduction of crime and violence. The equipment will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the criminal justice system, processes, and procedures in both the City and County as well as the region as a whole. The five specific objectives of JLEEP are to: increase systems necessary to positively identify individuals; reduce law enforcement transportation costs and times for multiple passenger events; improve the ability to communicate with responding outside agencies of various disciplines; and finally, to increase the capacity to provide backup power to a wide variety of critical infrastructure. The strategies of the JLEEP are to augment the ability of the sheriff's department to transport multiple prisoners or personnel while utilizing a minimal number of vehicles and drivers and a minimal number of patrol/transport vehicles, keeping as many sheriff deputies available to handle emergencies in the county. Additionally, the JLEEP will improve interoperable communications for the Department of Public Safety (DPS) through the purchase of P-25 compliant handheld radios to facilitate communication in interdisciplinary responses. DPS will also acquire alternative electric power sources, in the form of generators, for critical infrastructure. The generators will allow full use of the headquarter communication center and command area for community and regional services. The portable radios will be an asset to interoperability throughout the entire region. This project will serve to stimulate the automotive, electronics, and computer software industry by facilitating the purchase of items produced in these segments and thereby increasing the demand for labor.


Date Created: May 28, 2009