Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $61,169)
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 county of Uvalde and the city of Uvalde are listed as disparate jurisdictions under the Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG grant. The county will serve as the fiscal agent to administer the JAG Recovery grant for both jurisdictions. Each entity will utilize grant funds for law enforcement equipment.
The Uvalde County Sheriff's Office will utilize its portion of funds to purchase the following items for its officers: mobile radar units, digital cameras, traffic enforcement equipment, less-than-lethal devices, and ammunition.
The city of Uvalde Police Department will equip its officers with Tasers and mobile laptops that include CIS interfaces and air cards. A portion of the city's allocation will also be used to purchase computers (with CIS interface) and a printer for its municipal court.