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FY 2009 Recovery Act JAG Program

Award Information

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Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $13,978)

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 Eutaw will use its Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award in the amount of $13,978 to update the Eutaw Police Department's office equipment, software, radio communications, and tactical equipment. The police department will purchase eight laptop computers and eight printers. This will allow each officer to have their own computer equipment. The state of Alabama now requires all law enforcement agencies to submit accident reports using the "e-crash" software program. Starting in January 2010, all accident reports in the state of Alabama will be required to be sent to the Alabama Department of Public Safety electronically with e-crash or an updated record Management system.

The department will purchase four handheld portable radios. The radios will improve communications within the department. Also, four body armour units and nine hearing protection aids will be purchased for the officers for use on the firing range. The city of Eutaw Police Department is seeking to acquire equipment to ensure that its department continues to operate in an efficient and productive manner.


Date Created: July 9, 2009