Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $167,230)
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 disparate jurisdictions consisting of the city of Morristown and the county of Hamblen will use their Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award in the amount of $167,230 for law enforcement equipment. The city of Morristown, serving as the fiscal agent, will use its share of the grant to implement a Technological Enhancement of Evidence Collection and Investigation Capability Program. The Morristown Police Department will purchase an automated fingerprint identification system, in-car digital video recording system, four-terrabyte server, desktop computers, evidence locker, and mobile printers. Purchasing this equipment will allow offices to return to the field faster and increase the department's ability to investigate and solve crimes. The county of Hamblen will use its portion for video recording equipment for their officer's patrol vehicles. The Hamblen County Sheriff's Department will purchase fifteen digital video recording equipment, support equipment and software to include a server for data file management, storage, and retrieval of video evidence. Providing officers with the use of video documentation will reduce the time officers are required to spend in court.