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FY 2009 Recovery Act JAG Program

Award Information

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

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $597,704)

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 cities of Plano, McKinney, Allen, Frisco, Wylie, and Collin County are listed as disparate jurisdictions on their Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award. The city of Plano will serve as the fiscal agent to administer the JAG Recovery funds for the five cities and the county. These funds will be used to purchase various law enforcement equipment to enhance communication capabilities, information tracking, and investigations, and to provide officers with safety equipment.

The Plano Police Department will purchase an AFIS system with accompanying equipment and will utilize a portion of funds for administrative costs. The McKinney Police Department will purchase a skywatch tower with accompanying accessories for patrolling operations. The Allen Police Department will procure rifles and Eotech sights. The Frisco Police Department will purchase body armors. The Wylie Police Department will obtain laptops, software, and annual software support. The Collin County Sheriff's Office will purchase cameras, surveillance equipment, an AFIS upgrade, tasers, software, digital recorders, and patrolling equipment (flashlights, vests, cameras).


Date Created: June 21, 2009