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Criminal Records Management System Improvement Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $107,865)

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 Junction City will serve as the fiscal agent for the disparate jurisdictions of the city of Junction City and Geary County. The Junction City Police Department will use the grant funds to improve and enhance a shared records management system, 911 dispatch center, and jail facility. Geary County is served by three law enforcement agencies, the Junction City Police Department, Geary County Sheriff's Office, and Grandview Plaza Police Department. These three entities share a criminal records management system and 911 dispatch center. The Geary County jail also shares the system. The system is housed at the Junction City Police Department. The goal of the project is to increase the time that police officers and deputies can spend on patrol by decreasing the time required for report writing and administrative duties. The records management system will be customized with software modules, customized programming, training, and mobile unit connectivity. Coordination of this effort will be done through the chief law enforcement officers of each agency and through the chief law enforcement officer of the jail.


Date Created: July 22, 2009