Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $1,529,576)
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 city of Hartford's police department will use Recovery Act JAG funds to fund officer overtime. The main goal of this program is to increase community safety and security through the use of officer overtime. The project will maintain the HPD's effectiveness and efficiency through the use of officer overtime and increase the HPD effective use of resources and efficiency of the units. The city of Hartford is the second poorest major city in the United States. The Hartford Police Department has an estimated attrition rate of two officers a month. In order to fight crime and maintain a high level of service due to the decrease in officers available to patrol the streets, the use of overtime is necessary. The program will assist the HPD in deploying resources in an effort to prevent and reduce crime.