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Mobile Computerization Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $51,408)

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 Palestine will utilize its Fiscal Year 2009 JAG Recovery funds to support a computer mobilization project. The project entails the procurement of mobile data terminals with accompanying accessories to be installed in the Palestine Police Department's patrol units. This mobile upgrade project will allow officers to complete reports in the field while allowing them to run wanted inquiries and drivers license status on persons. The technology will improve the efficiency of departmental operations, increase officer safety, and improve the officers' working environment. Finally, the city of Palestine will purchase and install Panasonic Toughbook Computers in the patrol vehicles and install all necessary computer software to allow for the Toughbooks to connect remotely to the Palestine Police Department's records management system.


Date Created: July 9, 2009