Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $486,980)
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 disparate jurisdictions consisting of Montgomery County and the city of Clarksville will use their Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award in the amount of $486,980 to enhance their department's overall law enforcement and criminal justice capabilities. This will be accomplished through the acquisition of traditional law enforcement equipment to control, detect, or investigate crime or to prosecute criminals, and by acquiring technology improvement programs and maintaining information systems for criminal justice purposes. The city of Clarksville Police Department will use their share of the grant to purchase 25 fully-equipped mobile data terminals and project management tracking and reporting software to install in their police cruisers. Montgomery County will use its share to upgrade and enhance 46 mobile date terminals by the addition of a wireless field reporting system and retain one Sex Offender Database Management Consultant to update and maintain registry information for the county's Sex Offender Registry database.