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Automated Electronic Citation Program

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $56,507)

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 city of Cocoa Beach will use Recovery Act JAG funds in the amount of $56,507 to acquire and install automated electronic citation systems (AECS) for its police department's patrol vehicles. The AECS allow officers to scan an individual's driver's license in order to extract necessary data and print a hard copy citation. The system improves the efficiency and accuracy of the citation issuance process by eliminating the need for hand writing information. In addition, the units electronically transfer data from the officer's location directly to the department's records management system reducing the need for officers to re-enter information upon their return. The Recovery Act funded purchases will help preserve jobs for the city's information technology personnel who will be tasked with AECS program implementation, maintenance, and sustainability.


Date Created: July 9, 2009