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Community Policing Enhancement Initiative

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $21,102)

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 Chelmsford will use its Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award in the amount of $21,102 to fund the Community Policing Enhancement Initiative. The goal of this program is for the Chelmsford Police Department to bridge the gap between the citizens and the department by patrolling the streets, increasing interaction and communication. Uniformed patrol officers will be deployed to high-crime areas during peak hours to gather information and intervene with specific strategies. Funds will cover both regular pay and overtime when necessary. Through open communication and partnership, the Chelmsford Police Department hopes to increase the quality of life for all residents, visitors, and business owners in the town of Chelmsford.


Date Created: June 11, 2009