Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $801,246)
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 Miami Gardens will use its Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award to fund enhanced operations conducted by the Miami Gardens Police Department. The primary goal of these operations is crime reduction achieved through preventive patrol and concentrated enforcement. The police department will conduct DUI checkpoints and enhanced crime reduction sweeps throughout the city. Eighteen of these operations will be coordinated throughout the year and staffed by two sergeants and ten officers per operation. Another project will be the investigation of specialized and/or protracted criminal activities requiring resources above routine response.
Overtime for increased patrol during special events and other operations including warrant searches, truancy sweeps, sexual offender checks, traffic details, and crime reduction sweeps targeting violent crimes will also be provided by the Miami Gardens Police Department. Ten percent of grant funds will be utilized for grant administration and information collection used for documentation and reporting.