Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $424,818)
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 borough of Paramus will share this Recovery Act JAG award with Teaneck Township, Bergen County, Bergenfield Borough, Cliffside Park Borough, Elmwood Park Borough, Englewood City, Fair Lawn Borough, Fairview Borough, Fort Lee Borough, Garfield City, Hackensack City, Lodi Borough, and Palisades Park Borough. The Paramus Police Department will serve as the fiscal agent managing the Recovery Act JAG funds. Each jurisdiction's allocation will be used for activities and projects that will provide meaningful and measurable outcomes consistent with the goals of Recovery Act to include improving police services and increasing public safety in the county. The jurisdictions plan to purchase law enforcement equipment including police cruisers, computer hardware and software, firearms, safety lights, personnel, training, audio visual equipment, laptops, and a message sign. The Fort Lee Borough will support their Junior Police Academy Program. The Recovery Act JAG funds will support law enforcement operations in the 13 Bergen County communities.