Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $112,998)
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.
Walla Walla City and Walla Walla County will share the Recovery Act JAG grant award. Walla Walla City, serving as the fiscal agent, will use their share of the JAG award ($71,302) to acquire equipment and technology that will improve law enforcement capabilities, combat crime, and promote community policing. These purchases include: a Ultralite Alternative Light Source (ALS) unit and proscope portable digital microscope for the forensic investigation unit; video monitoring system replacement; dispatch radios; USB kits, pocket-jet printers, video equipment for the patrol vehicles; laptop computers; digital cameras; night vision monoculars; a thermal imaging unit; directional handheld radars; and additional equipment for the Emergency Services Unit.
Walla Walla County will use their share of grant funds ($41,696) for equipment and technology purchases that will improve their ability to enforce laws and increase officer safety. These purchases include: video security system upgrades in the county public safety building; in-car camera systems replacements; additional portable and mobile radios; and a laptop computer.