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2009 Madison County Law Enforcement Enhancement Project

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $91,577)

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 Madison County and the cities of Richmond and Berea will use their Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award in the amount of $91,577 to enhance their equipment, training, and support to provide better service to the community. The city of Richmond Police Department, serving as the fiscal agent, will use their share of the grant to upgrade and enhance the department's accident reconstruction/crime scene mapping equipment and training. This equipment will be instrumental in allowing them to provide professional and efficient services in traffic and criminal investigations. The department will also use the funds to purchase patrol rifles and ammunition to further their ability to better serve the community and safeguard schools, universities, and citizens.

The city of Berea Police Department will use its share to purchase barcode evidence inventory and tracking software/hardware system, collision reconstruction software/hardware equipment, and a used vehicle for undercover drug investigations to enhance their ability to provide policing services to the community.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office will use its portion to purchase a police vehicle and fully-equip it with the necessary emergency equipment. They will also purchase four patrol rifles.


Date Created: July 8, 2009