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Vicksburg-Warren County Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Recovery Program

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $265,607)

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 Vicksburg and Warren County have been certified disparate and have agreed to split the $265,607 Recovery Act JAG award evenly to enhance public safety through the purchase of much needed law enforcement and interoperable communications equipment. The city of Vicksburg will use grant funds to purchase over 900 crowd control barricades, which will be used to manage crowds during public events, such as parades and festivals and in emergencies. The city will also use funds to equip the Police Department's Mobile Police Precinct, which was implemented with FY 2007 JAG funds. The new interoperable communications equipment and auxiliary power source to be purchased through JAG will allow the city to fully deploy the precinct for large community events and during emergencies. Warren County will utilize JAG funds to purchase a police vehicle and to complete their in-car computer installation project, which has been funded through previous JAG awards. The city and county's technology and equipment projects are expected to indirectly stimulate the economy through the production and assembly of products as well as improve public safety and increase essential law enforcement services.


Date Created: July 22, 2009