Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $602,939)
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 the city of Wilmington and New Hanover County will use the Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award in the amount of $602,939 for law enforcement training and equipment purchases. The city of Wilmington, serving as the fiscal agent, will use their allocation to purchase thirteen police cruisers. New Hanover County will use its share of the award to purchase an automatic vehicle locator system, cell phone bandwidth expansion, latent lite station upgrade, various equipment and training for its crime lab, an aviation search system, a computer and printer, twenty-seven Tasers, twenty-two jackets, twenty-two armor express carriers, an audio recording system, a crystal reports software package, an inventory control software package, and supplies for their crime prevention initiatives.
- FY2023 Edward Byrne JAG Grant - Roanoke Rapids, NC
- Implementation of the BERLA iVE vehicle system forensic tool to fortify investigative methods and strengthen criminal prosecutions for restoring justice and safety for victims and the community.
- Purchase of equipment/supplies for intelligence-led policing to reduce crime rates.