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Warren County Sheriff's Department Information System and Technology Improvement Grant

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $29,305)

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 Warren will use the Recovery Act JAG award to support the Warren County Sheriff's Department. They will purchase and install GPS and wireless ready fully-rugged laptop computers with internal docking stations and external antenna mobile data terminals in all patrol vehicles. The equipment and technology upgrade will enable the police department to have remote connectivity to its records management system, jail management system, and computer aided dispatch. This upgraded technology will help them to perform inquiries on persons and vehicles from the patrol cars, use GIS and GPS mapping for closest unit dispatching tracking, and give them the ability to communicate other important information to officers. The Recovery Act JAG funds will enhance officer safety, decrease response time on calls, enable dispatch to monitor officer location real time, and significantly increase reporting efficiency.


Date Created: July 1, 2009