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Sweetwater Police Department Equipment, Crime Prevention and Suppression Enhancement Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $15,923)

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 Sweetwater will use Recovery Act JAG funds to purchase equipment and pay for overtime. The city of Sweetwater will purchase 32 radios to replace radios that are in poor condition and provide radios to new and reserve officers that currently do not have one. These radios will support the Sweetwater Police Department's law enforcement programs and community-based operations. The Sweetwater Police Department will pay for overtime to offer increased assistance to victims of crimes, such as domestic violence, for surveillance and suppression operations, and community outreach. The goals of this project will increase the number of individuals and families served, improve operations through increasing the number of units to directly benefit from the new equipment or supplies purchased with funds, increase community outreach and education, and retain officers' employment.


Date Created: June 16, 2009