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Blacksburg Town Recovery Act Justice Assistance Grant Program

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $14,287)

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 town of Blacksburg will use the Recovery Act JAG funds to upgrade the Blacksburg Police Department's equipment. Funds will be used to purchase covert video surveillance equipment, which will enhance the department's ability to detect criminal activity and facilitate prosecution of crimes and offenses. Spike strips will be purchased to augment both public and officer safety to terminate potentially hazardous vehicle pursuits. To increase assistance to crime victims, digital cameras will be purcahsed to document victim injuries, and property damage caused by criminal activity or traffic collisions. The Recovery Act JAG funds will improve the criminal justice operations of the Blacksburg Police Department.


Date Created: June 25, 2009