Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $86,723)
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 Jennings will use grant funds to increase efficiency of the police department and court record keeping, reduce data entry and errors occurring through repetitive entries, increase interoperability and data sharing of law enforcement and court records, and upgrade technology to produce more reliable and effective reporting controls at the police department. Specifically, grant funds will be used to purchase Panasonic notebook computers for patrol vehicles, purchase a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser, and implement a mobile ticketing system that will automatically disseminate the information across various law enforcement and court computer systems which will allow for easier access of data from both entities as well as better reporting and statistical tracking to allow for improved and selective enforcement in certain areas. A new interoperable court system will share court data with law enforcement for easier tracking of offenders, incidents, an other important safety data.