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FY 2009 Justice Assistance Grant Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $30,514,178)

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 city of Los Angeles, serving as the fiscal agent for this award, will share the Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award with 76 disparate jurisdictions within Los Angeles County. In a disparate situation, the units of local government must apply for an award with a single, joint application. Each jurisdiction's allocation will be used for activities and projects that will provide meaningful and measurable outcomes consistent with the goals of the Recovery Act, including job preservation and job creation, as well as acquiring equipment and technology. Funding will be used towards officer salaries and overtime; training; community based programs; community policing; technology improvements and software; law enforcement equipment and uniforms; police vehicles; school resource officers; truancy sweeps; gang prevention, intervention, and suppression activities; reentry programs, drug abatement, and enforcement programs; public safety improvements, task force involvement; sexual predator and registrant tracking; traffic enforcement; officer safety; graffiti removal; probation and parole enforcement; forensic science; crime mapping; and records management. Both the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County will use a portion of their allocation towards the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS). LA-RICS is a modern, integrated, wireless, voice and data communications system that will serve the Los Angeles area law enforcement, fire service, health service, and school district agencies.


Date Created: July 7, 2009