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FY 2009 Recovery Act JAG Program

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $12,346)

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.

Steuben County will use its Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award to purchase six semi-rugged laptop computers to use in the Steuben County Sheriff's Department's patrol cruisers. With the introduction of these durable computers into the patrol cruisers, officers can easily access a variety of information on warrants, driving records, vehicle registrations, and protective orders. Case narrative reports and crash reports can be generated in the field. Generating these reports in the field will increase effectiveness and timeliness as officers will have more time on patrol and less time in the office completing reports. Officers will also have immediate access to mapping programs which will assist them in locating residences as well as crash and crime scenes. As the officers will be able utilize a wide variety of law enforcement applications in the field, the laptops will maximize patrol time, response time, and improve overall safety for the officer and the public.


Date Created: July 9, 2009