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Town of Manchester 2009 Recovery Act JAG Grant Program

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $140,639)

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 town of Manchester will utilize the Recovery Act JAG award to support the Manchester Police Department (MPD). MPD will fund the Police Athletic League (PAL) director's salary and benefits. PAL targets at-risk kids in Manchester with projects that provide alternatives to the streets such as martial arts, mountain biking, boxing, and after school homework clubs. Currently, the league services over 350 kids. MPD will also purchase police cruisers and related equipment to keep the police fleet operating at optimum levels. MPD plans to support their Problem Oriented Policing Project which will include funding overtime hours for the Oriented Policing Team (POPT). The POPT strategy is to addresses crime, disorder, and other quality of life issues in the community. The goals of the project are to reduce repeat calls for service and coordinate with the regular patrol and detective units to ensure the effective operation of the program.


Date Created: June 8, 2009