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Recovery Act JAG

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $666,990)

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 Columbus Consolidated Government will use the Recovery Act JAG funds to improve the Columbus Police Department, Muscogee County Sheriff's Office, Marshal of Muscogee County, Juvenile Drug Court, Adult Drug Court and the Mental Health Court. The law enforcement and court components of the Columbus Consolidated Government already have in place a well-coordinated system of policies, procedures, and personnel for operating as an efficient and productive unit. The funds from this grant program will provide equipment, operating supplies, improved training, and outside contracted services needed in order to help the law enforcement and courts components operate at an increased level of proficiency, safety, and efficiency, while simultaneously meeting the goals of economic stimulation and job creation and/or retention for the local economy. The grant funds will be used for job retention through supplementing the city's law enforcement and court program budgets with funds for major needs and improvements, freeing up other funds for retaining and, in the case of the Police Department and 911 Call Center, hiring new employees. To increase officer safety, funds will be used to provide training for the officers and equipment for law enforcement personal protection will be purchased. The end result will be increased safety to the citizens of the community through better-coordinated and trained law enforcement units and more effective equipment.


Date Created: July 12, 2009