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Henry County Recovery Act

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $29,710)

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.

Henry County, through the sheriff's office, will utilize the 2009 Recovery JAG funds for initiatives ranging from officer safety to community awareness programs. The sheriff's office will purchase 35 Glock 9mm handguns, ten holsters, and 10 magazine holders. Currently, each officer supplies his/her own duty weapon. The purchase of the handguns will provide more uniformity and interchangeability among the weapons, thus increasing officer safety. They will also expend funds on three community awareness programs. The first program is billboards. The billboards will carry messages of drug awareness and anti-crime statements. The second program is Henry County Sheriff's Office Community Day. The community day is a day the sheriff's office will set aside to show and receive appreciation. The third program is Neighborhood Watch. The sheriff's office will purchase signs and educational materials for the Neighborhood Watch Program.


Date Created: July 22, 2009