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Law Enforcement Equipment Needs (LEEN)

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $203,009)

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 Bend City and Deschutes County will use their Recovery Act JAG grant award in the amount of $203,009 to replace aging equipment. Bend City serving as the fiscal agent, will use their share of the JAG award ($101,504.50) to replace and upgrade tasers with holsters, and duty weapons. Funding will also go to purchase vehicle tracking systems; an emergency trailer; communication headsets; a Recon Robotics Scout for locating suspects; and night vision rifle scopes. Additional funds will be used to purchase a wireless communication network for public and private wireless data networks. Deschutes County will use their share of grant funds ($101,504.50) to purchase a tactical operations robot; a trailer to transport miscellaneous equipment; a crisis response phone; night vision goggles; tasers with holsters; a mini portable repeater radio for officers communication while inside the hospital; and a jail scanning system so reports, photos, and other documents can be scanned and saved onto a server.


Date Created: June 21, 2009