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Martin County Sheriff's Office Vehicle Replacement Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $210,810)

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 county of Martin will use the Recovery Act JAG funds to purchase ten patrol vehicles for the Martin County Sheriff's Office. Vehicles will also be equipped with lights, sirens, and other necessary equipment. The vehicles will replace vehicles that are no longer suitable for use as pursuit cars due to their high mileage. Sixty-nine percent of the vehicles in use have over 50,000 miles on the odometer, and 42 percent have over 100,000 miles. The agency requires patrol vehicles be taken out of service at 150,000 miles. The new vehicles are expected to have a useful life of five years as patrol vehicles and then will be rotated for use as non-pursuit supervisor and civilian cars.


Date Created: July 13, 2009