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StarWitness Analyst video and audio analysis system

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $43,632)

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.

Hanover County will use the Recovery Act JAG funds to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system. The Hanover County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) will use grant funds to upgrade video and audio recording equipment to the StarWitness Analyst system, and purchase tactical safety vests. The current video and audio recording equipment is outdated and incompatible with systems used by other agencies. The new system will convert information from any format to one compatible with the HCSO video and audio analyst system. Upgrading the video and audio recording systems will allow HCSO to extract images and share information with other agencies more easily. The purchase of the tactical safety vests will enable Hanover County to comply with a federal government mandate that anyone working in the right-of-way of a federal-aid highway must wear high-visibility clothing that meets the requirements of ANSI/ISEA 207.


Date Created: August 5, 2009