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FY 2009 Recovery Act JAG Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $306,986)

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 Odessa and Ector County are listed as disparate jurisdictions on the Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG allocation chart. The city will serve as the fiscal agent to administer funds for both jurisdictions. Each entity will utilize grant funds for law enforcement purposes. The Odessa Police Department will utilize their portion of JAG Recovery funds to replace failing in-car video systems for patrol units. The new systems will increase the efficiency of evidence documentation in regards to traffic and pedestrian stops. The purchase would include hardware, software, and maintenance fees associated with the new systems. The Ector County Sheriff's Office will fund overtime for their officers. The overtime will cover additional patrols during holidays, weekends, and during personnel shortages. The funds will enable the department to meet the current demands of homeland security and public safety, and increase the officers' safety and ability to respond in a more timely manner to calls for service.


Date Created: July 22, 2009