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FY 2009 Recovery Act Justice Assistance Grant Program

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $26,093)

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 Morristown will use its Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award in the amount of $26,093 to purchase equipment for the Morristown Police Department. Two police cruisers will be outfitted with Mobile Vision Flashback Video systems (MVFV) to improve the documentation of incidents for public safety, prosecution, and officer safety. Upgrades will be made to the telephone system in the public safety building, improving the reliability of communications with the public. The department will also purchase five new Tasers, making one available for every active officer. Tasers have proven to reduce the injuries sustained during the arresting process, for the offender as well as the police officer. The availability of these funds will greatly assist in improving equipment needs, allowing the Morristown Police Department to effectively provide public service and safety to the community.


Date Created: June 25, 2009