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Justice Assistance Grant

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $23,512)

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 Borough of State College and Centre County agreed that State College will use their 2009 JAG Recovery award to implement the Police Motorcycle Program. The goals of the project are to improve safety in congested traffic areas by increasing traffic enforcement and reduce response time to vehicle and pedestrian crashes. This project will address problems of speeding and red light violations which are major contributors to serious crashes and are the most difficult traffic violations to enforce. Nearly half of the borough's population is in the age group that is most likely to take risks while driving or walking and be involved in serious crashes. In the downtown area, which has many of the high crash intersections, red light enforcement is difficult due to vehicular and pedestrian traffic congestion. A motorcycle patrol program will provide a more effective means for police to enforce pedestrian law violations in the downtown area, respond to traffic accidents more quickly during heavy congestion, and respond to emergencies during special traffic conditions. This unit would also provide a more immediate response to limited access locations, such as alleys, parks, and pathways.


Date Created: July 12, 2009