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DeSoto County Youth Court/Law Enforcement

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $213,403)

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 DeSoto County and the cities of Olive Branch, Horn Lake, and Southaven will use their Recovery Act JAG award in the amount of $231,403 to support the needs of the local law enforcement agencies in the areas of personnel, equipment, supplies, and information systems to assist in the prevention and control of crime and improve the criminal justice system. DeSoto County will use its funds ($41,270) to hire two part-time intake officers to handle all of the youth that will be processed by their Youth Court System. Olive Branch will use their funds ($82,539) to purchase fingerprint equipment, cameras to identify car tags, and laptop computers that will be used by the detectives division for communications with other law enforcement agencies. Olive Branch will also hire technology personnel to help operate equipment and generate reports for analysis of performance by chief officials in the county. The city of Horn Lake will use its funds ($29,982) to purchase equipment for dispatch communications, which consist of radios, chargers, software, data interface packet, programming fees, OTAP equipment, and 3600/9600 interoperability equipment. Southaven will use $59,612 to purchase a computer-aided dispatch server and storage area network device, a records management storage network device, workstations for the dispatch system, racks to hold equipment, and backup licenses that will be required.


Date Created: July 12, 2009