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Consolidation of Equipment and Service Needs.

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $39,491)

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 City of Rockland Police Department (RPD) will use funding to enhance their technology and equipment capabilities. The funding will allow them to purchase and fund services and equipment without draining funds from their operational budget and at the same time allow them to purchase the items and services locally to help foster an economic stimulus for the local and regional area. The items to be purchased are as follows: LED Response Lighting System ' The new lights will emit more light during emergency responses than their old strobe lights, increasing the safety factor for both the public and officers responding to emergency calls. Reactive Firearms Training System ' The system will be used for officer firearms defensive tactics training. In order to properly equip each location and safely conduct this training, the department will purchase four steel grade reactive target systems to provide firearms responsive reaction targets and one air soft close quarter combat reality based training system. Unmarked Police Vehicle ' The RPD plans to accelerate their police vehicle replacement schedule by replacing their 2003 unmarked police cruiser with a newer model. Annual Wireless Service for six units ' The wireless service will be used for access to their records management system via mobile data computers in six of their front line marked and unmarked police vehicles. The consolidation of equipment and services will increase the delivery of emergency services to their community and afford interoperability with other jurisdictions. They will provide long term economic benefits through efficient equipment which will, in turn, preserve jobs.


Date Created: May 28, 2009