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Purchase of emergency police vehicles, equipment, and related equipment installation.

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
Lewis & Clark
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $126,159)

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 disparate jurisdictions consisting of Lewis and Clark County and the city of Helena will use their Recovery Act JAG award to purchase emergency vehicles, equipment and related installation equipment. The city of Helena, serving as the fiscal agent, will use their share of the grant ($82,243) to purchase a digital camera, two police emergency vehicles, and the related equipment. Lewis and Clark County will use $43,916 to purchase one emergency vehicle, an in-car camera system and an MDT. The equipment and vehicles will allow both agencies to have reliable vehicles and also alleviate having to maintain older vehicles with repairs and break downs.


Date Created: July 29, 2009