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Coweta County and Newnan City Recovery Act Justice Assistance Grant Program

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $117,367)

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 county of Coweta and the city of Newnan will share this Recovery Act JAG award. Coweta County will serve as the fiscal agent managing the Recovery Act JAG funds. Coweta County will purchase safety equipment for the Coweta County Sheriff's Department. The goal is to ensure the safety of law enforcement staff by supplying individuals with appropriate, compliant safety equipment, including bullet-proof vests, traffic vests, traffic coats, flashlights, and tasers. Newnan City will purchase and install the mobile data systems in patrol vehicles of the Newnan Police Department. The goal of the project is to re-direct essential man hours from lengthy manual patrol car system upgrades to higher visibility in high crime and drug areas by purchasing and installing mobile data systems that allow for 'drivethrough' system upgrades within minutes rather than hours.


Date Created: June 16, 2009