Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $71,750)
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 disparate jurisdictions consisting of the city of Aberdeen and Brown County will utilize the Recovery Act JAG funds in the amount of $71,750 to provide the police department and sheriff's office with resources to use in many areas where they are currently deficient. Funds will be used for radio communications, technology applications for investigators responding to on-line child pornography predators (forensic computer investigations), patrol car digital cameras to record officers' detentions and contacts, training and equipment for law enforcement on evidence collection and crime scene processing, and a bar coding system to properly document and track evidence. The Aberdeen Police Department will coordinate its efforts with the Brown County Sheriff's Office and other criminal justice agencies to address communication issues and crime in general to improve law enforcement services to the citizens of the community.