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Enhancing Community Safety Through Crime Analysis Program

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $58,345)

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 town of Leesburg will use its Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award in the amount of $58,345 to support the police department's Enhancing Community Safety Through Crime Analysis Program. The implementation of the program will allow the police department to address organized and regional criminal and gang activity and information sharing among regional partners. The program's specific objectives are to improve community safety through dedicated crime analysis, allow patrol officers and investigators to return to the primary functions of their job, enhance intelligence-led policing capabilities by sharing analytical products within the National Capitol Region, and provide employment for a qualified individual. The town of Leesburg is confident with the systems they have in place both from an organizational culture (Intelligence-Led policing) and automated computer aided dispatch and records management systems, that the transition to a fully functional and productive crime analysis capability will be rapid and seamless.


Date Created: July 19, 2009