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Gang Interdiction Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $101,520)

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 Dodge City in cooperation with the Ford County Sheriff's Department will use awarded grant funds to support officer overtime, equipment, and supplies for a multi-jurisdictional gang task force. The goals of the task force project is to identify and prosecute criminal gang offenders, reduce gang related crime and membership, and eradicate graffiti. Grant funds will also be used for the purchase of in car digital video systems. In car digital video systems will be placed in vehicles dedicated to the street crime gang unit. The task force will partner with other law enforcement agencies, local service providers, and the community to maximize programming and resources including probation and parole agencies, juvenile service agencies, local school administrators and educators, parents, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Kansas Alcohol Beverage Control, ATF, DEA, and local, state and federal prosecutors.


Date Created: June 1, 2009