Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $952,106)
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 Savannah City, Chatham County, Garden City and Pooler City will use the Recovery Act JAG funds to improve the operation of their respective police departments. Each agency will utilize their designated funds for programs and purchases of equipment. The goals areto enhance the delivery of law enforcement services to the community; provide enhanced training; organize records and provide them to department personnel in a digital format, thereby reducing the time to research and retrieve those records; strategically deploy closed circuit television (CCTV) in high crime areas in an effort to reduce crime and improve the quality of life of the citizens in those areas; provide assistance and guidance to crime victims in the early stages of an investigation; enhance the daily delivery of law enforcement services to the community; and provide an increased police presence in the community. The Chatham County and the city of Pooler will use the funds to purchase marked police cruisers. The city of Savannah and the Garden city will use the funds for equipment to improve the safety of officers.