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Neighborhood Policing Team Equipment, Digital Forensic Server, Nation Incident Based Reporting (NIBRS) records Management Conversion and Software Maintenance

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $126,131)

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 Bellingham will use the Recovery Act JAG award to support the neighborhood policing team, purchase a digital forensics server, and fund a NIBRS conversion for it police department. The city will purchase five bicycles, one bicycle rack, five bicycle uniforms, shoes, and patrol boots. Also, the city will support a problem solving and bicycle training for patrol officers. In addition to purchasing equipment to support their neighborhood policing team, the city will purchase a digital forensic server that will increase forensic capability. Finally, the city will also use a portion of the grant to fund the software design for the current records management system from the uniform crime reporting to a National Incident Based Reporting System. These projects will aid the police department in its efforts to continue critical law enforcement efforts.


Date Created: July 26, 2009