Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $80,052)
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.
Benton County and the city of Corvallis will use Recovery Act JAG funding to support separate criminal justice initiatives. Specifically, the county Sheriff's Office will purchase equipment for its communications van used in search and rescue incidents and criminal investigations. The city will use its share to purchase in-car video equipment for police patrol vehicles in an effort to record on-the-job activity. Footage captured will be used for traffic court, criminal court, as well as citizen complaint and internal affairs investigations. It is anticipated the Recovery Act funded purchases will be completed upon receipt of this award in order to stimulate the economy. For purposes of grant administration, the city has been designated as the fiscal agent.