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Recovery Act JAG Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $95,993)

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.

Henry County, through the police department, will use the Recovery JAG funds for the project entitled Training, Retention, Expansion, and Education (T.R.E.E.). The goals of this project are to: increase the scope of training offered by the Henry County Police Department; actively promote student retention; expand the course offerings of the Training Unit; improve the judgmental skill and decision-making abilities of students; and through education and practice, reduce potential injuries or grievances of officers and citizens, thereby reducing liabilities of the governing body.

The strategies to be used to facilitate these goals include acquiring professional management instruction of Field Officer Training (FTO) programs through completion of an advanced course of study; enhancing equipment capabilities with the purchase of a technologically advanced firearms simulator whose capabilities can be immediately employed and updated/expanded as needed; enhancing facilities by bringing the defensive tactics training component in-house; and an overall expansion in the extent and duration of training opportunities by alleviating various external obstacles.


Date Created: July 9, 2009