Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $53,361)
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 county of Navarro and the city of Corsicana will utilize Recovery Act JAG funds in the amount of $53,361 to support separate law enforcement initiatives. Specifically, the Navarro County Sheriff's Office will use its share of funds ($14,967) to purchase portable computers for its patrol units. The in-car computers will enable deputies to complete reports while in the field, ultimately providing a continuous visible presence and more efficient use of officer time. The Corsicana Police Department will use remaining funds ($38,394) to purchase equipment to enhance its narcotic enforcement program. They will procure laptop computers to be used by officers and detectives to enter evidence into the department's database, night-vision monoculars and tactical body armor to conduct surveillance in low-light conditions, body-worn cameras to record narcotic transactions, and spy phones to monitor informant's calls. The Navarro County Sheriff's office will serve as the fiscal agent for the management of this Recovery Act JAG award.