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Joint Agency Technology Upgrade Project

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $468,556)

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 the city of Coeur D'Alene and the county of Kootenai will use their Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award in the amount of $468,556 for their Equipment Upgrade Project. The city of Coeur D'Alene, serving as the fiscal agent, will use their share of the grant to purchase mobile data computers, 700 MHZ police radios, voice recognition software, and portable room dividers. The equipment will assist the department to increase the efficiency of their law enforcement activities and also increase their productivity through new technologies that will allow the officer more time on the street. Kootenai County will use its portion to purchase tactical equipment such as firearms and armored car improvements to increase officer safety and also increase productivity through new technologies such as digital fingerprinting equipment and mobile data computers.


Date Created: July 29, 2009