Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $194,041)
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 North Miami will use the JAG Recovery Act Funds to purchase new police cruisers to replace aging cruisers with 150,000 miles or more and add to their existing fleet in an effort to provide safe and effective methods for responding to calls for service and emergencies. They will also upgrade their Computer Data Storage Center. The upgrade will replace their aging computer data center that is in disrepair. The loss of critical and confidential data is possible without the upgrade. They will also purchase an enhanced CCTV system, replacing equipment in disrepair and adding additional recording capabilities to their existing closed circuit television security system. Funds will also be used to purchase equipment for electronic key protection.
The purchase of this equipment will significantly assist in controlling all keys associated with the effective operation of the police department. The North Miami Beach Police Department has been designated as a Regional Emergency Operations Center by the Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management. This responsibility requires appropriate command center audio/visual capabilities to ensure that critical information is properly disseminated during an emergency.