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Brandon Police Digital Video Project

Award Information

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Awardee County
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $11,860)

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 Brandon will use its Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award in the amount of $11,860 to purchase equipment for the Brandon Police Department. Two digital cruiser cameras will enhance the ability to record, share, and document information and evidence as well as protect officers from false allegations. The Brandon Police Department currently has no recording capabilities in its seven cruiser fleet. The purchase of two twelve-gauge shotguns will be utilized to outfit two cruisers. These acquisitions will enhance the ability of the Brandon Police Department to obtain, transmit, and preserve digital evidence for prosecution and ensure liability safeguards are in place as well as provide officers the tools to respond to calls and situations where a service weapon is inadequate or not appropriate.


Date Created: June 25, 2009