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FY 2009 Recovery Act JAG Program

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $656,698)

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 disparate jurisdictions consisting of Clark County and the cities of Battle Ground, Camas, Vancouver, and Washougal will use their Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award in the amount of $656,698 to acquire police equipment and technology, as well as support inter-agency task forces and specialty units across the county. The county of Clark, serving as the fiscal agent, will use $188,404 to provide the sheriff's office with equipment and technological upgrades to enhance records management, evidence storage, information sharing, enforcement, and investigations. The city of Vancouver will use $423,457 to provide training, equipment, and technology upgrades for the police department, and to support regional multi-agency task forces with communications and tactical equipment. The city of Battle Ground will use $19,701 to equip the police department's Emergency Operations Center with computers and phone sets. The city of Washougal will use $12,908 to purchase two digital in-car video/overhead recorder units. The city of Camas will use $12,228 for police department uniforms.


Date Created: July 7, 2009