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Safe Neighborhoods/Safe Officers

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $170,359)

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 of Altoona City, Allegheny Township, and Logan Township will use their Recovery Act JAG grant award to support equipment purchases and increase communication across the county. Blair County has declined to accept Recovery Act JAG funding. Altoona Police Department is serving as the fiscal agent managing the Recovery Act JAG award. The city of Altoona ($126,841) will purchase equipment and computer software and fund overtime to support patrol activities of the Altoona Police Department. The township of Logan ($27,637) will purchase equipment, computer software, and education materials for their Community Service Division. The township of Allegheny ($15,881) will purchase tactical equipment for the field officers of the Allegheny Police Department. The Recovery JAG funds are needed in order to make their neighborhoods safer and to help keep police officers safe while performing their duties.


Date Created: June 8, 2009