Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $343,959)
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 Rock Hill, through the city police department, will use the Recovery Act JAG funds ($343,959) to purchase uniforms, technology equipment, and supplies for 12 entry level police officers in a continuing collaborative effort to preserve and create jobs and promote community safety and economic recovery. Some of the items that will be purchased include business cards, office supplies (pens, notebooks, etc), printing costs, computer disks, ID cards, whistles, ties, name tags, OC Spray, hats, handcuffs, clipboards, traffic safety vests, utility belts, flashlights, badges, shoes, shirts, pants, handguns, body armor, tasers, rifles, cell phones, digital cameras, GPS, modems, WiFi routers, portable radios, ear mics, vehicle camera systems, and vehicle computer systems.