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Nassau County Law Enforcement Enhancement Project

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $969,901)

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.

Nassau County will use its Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award in the amount of $969,901 to provide the Nassau County Police Department the tools needed to prevent and reduce crime within the community. Through the grant, fully equipped k-9 patrol vehicles and patrol cars assigned to the Selective Enforcement Team for traffic and DWI enforcement will be purchased. In an effort to stimulate the economy, the vehicles will be procured from local automotive vendors. Grant funds will also be applied towards officer overtime costs for patrol and investigative functions. Because the department has been mandated not to exceed its budgeted overtime, the Recovery Act funded project will contribute to the economic stability of the County by alleviating costly overtime overages while avoiding reductions in essential services. It is anticipated all grant work will begin immediately upon receipt of funds.


Date Created: June 16, 2009