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In-Car Camera Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $35,345)

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 Selma Police Department will use Recovery Act JAG funds for an in-car camera project. This project will provide funding to purchase and install in-car video recording cameras in seven police department cruisers. The cameras will provide officers the ability to successfully prosecute criminal violations and provide recordings that will be used to improve training for police officers. The cameras will protect police officers from false and frivolous law suits and complaints. The cameras will aid in protecting police officers from suspects prone to violence who are aware of in-car cameras. The in-car recordings will be regularly reviewed for training purposes, deficiencies, and exemplary actions by officers.


Date Created: August 4, 2009