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York County Joint Recovery Act JAG Project

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $579,552)

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 York, boroughs of Hanover and Red Lion Borough, city of York, and the townships of Fairview, Hellam, Newberry, North Cororus, Penn, Springettsburg, Spring Garden, West Manchester Township, and York have been identified as disparate and will share the Recovery Act JAG award. The York County Criminal Advisory Board will serve as the fiscal agent managing the Recovery Act JAG funds. York County will fund the salary of nuisance abatement officers. Hanover Borough will purchase desktops computers, an indoor/outdoor security camera system, police uniforms, flashlights, tasers, firearms, and computer software. Red Lion Borough will support the 'Feet on the Street' program. The goal of the program is to increase visibility of foot and bicycle patrols in high-crime areas. York Township will purchase in-car video program systems. York City will purchase radios, computer equipment, police cruisers, a building security system, and other law enforcement equipment. Fairview Township will purchase computer software upgrades. Hellam Township will purchase weigh scales, a speed timing device, and other law enforcement equipment. Newberry Township will purchase a terminal server, software/hardware upgrades, and an on-site speed trailer. North Codorus Township will purchase video surveillance equipment. Penn Township will purchase portable radios and tasers. Springettsbury Township will purchase a police vehicle, computers, monitors, a whiteboard presentation system, and equipment for patrol bicycles. Spring Garden Township will purchase a total station survey system, digital camera, and laptop computers. West Manchester Township will use enhance officer safety by purchasing upgraded shotguns, rifles, tire deflation devices, portable alcohol breath testing devices.


Date Created: August 5, 2009