Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $547,316)
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.
Collier County, through the Sheriff's Office, will use the Recovery Act JAG funds to support overtime for the Collier County Sheriff's Office. The goal is to reduce the number of victims of crime reported within Collier County by increasing the number of officers on the street.
There will be heightened officer concentration in school safety, gang enforcement and prevention, human trafficking enforcement and prevention, drug trafficking reduction, and other priority areas. Deliverables include increasing the number of reported activities (e.g. tickets, arrests, field interviews); reducing the number of reported violent crimes (murders, robberies, aggravated batteries and aggravated assaults); reducing the number of reported robberies; increasing the number of arrests for reported narcotics sales and trafficking offenses; reducing the number of reported Part II offenses; increasing the number of arrests of those suspected of engaging in or soliciting prostitution; increasing the number of tickets issued for traffic offenses; increasing the number of Marchman Acts imposed for incidents of public intoxication; increasing the number of reported re-arrests of probationers/parolees on violations of probation/parole conditions; and providing community education programs/activities to make the public aware of ways to reduce the number of victims of crime in Collier County.