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Morrow: License Plate Reader Technology

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $37,023)

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 Morrow will use the Recovery Act JAG funds to purchase and install state-of-the-art license plate reader technology in an effort to impact one of the city police department's biggest challenges - crimes involving motor vehicles. According to the city, 70 percent of all criminal activity in the city involves a vehicle, and therefore, they anticipate affecting all types of crime as almost every perpetrator uses a vehicle in some way. The cameras will be installed on a unit during each shift, and the information that feeds into the software will be available to the entire fleet from the laptops in squad cars. This will make every officer aware of what is going on and when they need to be available for backup which will enhance the department's effectiveness.


Date Created: August 5, 2009