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FY 2009 Recovery Act JAG Program

Award Information

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

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $15,729)

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 Kossuth County and the city of Algona will use their Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award in the amount of $15,729 for law enforcement equipment and technology upgrades. The jurisdictions are in agreement that the city of Algona, serving as the fiscal agent, will use the full award to purchase: one spotting scope and one night vision binoculars to aid in surveillance and criminal investigations; three medical kits to assist officers when responding to medical emergencies; 10 handcuffs to provide officers a back-up pair in multiple arrest situations; two AR-15 rifles, three MK-9 OC sprays, and one ballistic shield to be utilized in unruly or violent gatherings; 10 duty bags to allow officers to maintain their gear in a centralized location for rapid deployment; and three laptop computers to assist officers in receiving and entering data from the field. Funding will enable the department to provide proper public safely functions for their community.


Date Created: July 12, 2009