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Taney County Emergency Communications Project

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $51,795)

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.

Taney County will use Recoveyr Act JAG funds to increase communications and purchase equipment for the Taney County Sheriff's Department. The county will install six semi-rugged laptop computers in patrol cars and one mobile data terminal in a prisoner transport van. These laptops will enable officers to query the regional justice information sharing system as well as create reports and utilize enhanced computer aided dispatching. In addition, funds will be used to install seven computer laptop mounts specifically designed for the patrol vehicles which will hold the laptop computers. Taney County will install driver license scanners and thermal printers in six patrol cars and seven of the patrol vehicles will have an antenna installed for connection to the broadband network. To safeguard the patrol vehicles and ensure that the vehicle batteries will not run down due to the increased drain from the added equipment, the county will install seven power supply/battery protection devices to the patrol vehicles. This project seeks to facilitate justice information sharing, improve officer and community safety, and stimulate economic recovery by retaining jobs in Taney County.


Date Created: August 5, 2009