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Hampton Police Equipment Innovation, Upgrade and Capability Enhancement Project

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $428,452)

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 Hampton will use the Recovery Act JAG funds to purchase much needed equipment for the police department. As technology improved over the past decades, local fiscal constraints limited the police department's ability to secure equipment. It left the police department to work with 10 to 30 year old equipment that is obsolete or nonfunctional while other units are in need of equipment that the department has not been able to buy due to limited local funding. The equipment purchases will increase the police department's capabilities to deliver the highest quality police services to the citizens.

Grant funds will be used to purchase a Live Scan Fingerprinting System, a Total Station Crime Scene Mapping System, digital cameras, forensic workstations, digital camcorders, computers and software, bulletproof vests, night vision scopes, binoculars, covert wireless video trasmitters, video scanners, and flat panel monitors.


Date Created: June 21, 2009