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Upgrading Technology for Law Enforcement in Porter County

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $181,664)

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 Valparaiso, city of Portage, and Porter County have been designated as disparate jurisdictions under the Bureau of Justice Assistance Recovery Act JAG program. Each jurisdiction will use funds to install and maintain up-to-date technology. Serving as the fiscal agent, the city of Valparaiso will receive ($66,266); the City of Portage will receive ($75,840); and Porter County will receive ($39,558). While each department chooses to use a different American owned company to upgrade its technology, all units will be able to communicate through upgraded, compatible software. The first unit to be installed will be a mobile data router to be shared by all three departments and allow the departments to document information. Personnel will use the equipment on a daily basis to solve crimes and promote community safety. All employees of the three departments will benefit as will more than 160,580 residents.


Date Created: July 8, 2009