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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, $15,355)

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 Plymouth will use its Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award in the amount of $15,355 to purchase a computer server, five desk top computers, a light bar, and three Tasers for the Plymouth Police Department. Replacing the computers and server will enhance capabilities and enable better access to available law enforcement software. The light bar will be installed on one police cruiser and is equipped with more efficient and effective lighting components which are important for the safety of the officer and citizens when responding to calls. Tasers will be used by part-time officers, detectives, part-time animal control officers, and as a temporary replacement in the event damaged Tasers must be sent out for repairs. Tasers greatly enhance officer and citizen safety by decreasing the number of times potential deadly force is employed to apprehend a suspect.


Date Created: June 1, 2009