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Christian County Joint Recovery Act JAG Project

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $138,626)

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 Christian County and cities of Oak Grove and Hopkinsville will use their Recovery Act JAG award to provide essential law enforcement equipment to be used in high crime areas to prevent violent crime. The Christian County Fiscal Court will serve as the fiscal agent managing the Recovery Act JAG funds. The Christian County Sheriff's Department will purchase a variety of equipment including GPS units, taser guns, a radar surveillance unit, in-car video systems, and digital cameras. The City of Oak Grove Police Department will purchase a police motorcycle for police patrol and traffic enforcement in high crime areas, and a Polaris Ranger for evacuations, drug eradication, and search and rescue operations. The City of Hopkinsville Police Department will fund overtime, and purchase police vehicles, in-car video systems, and crime mapping software to enhance its community policing and crime reduction strategies.


Date Created: September 10, 2009