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Training and Equipment Program for the Payson Police Department

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $15,367)

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 town of Payson will use its Recovery Act JAG award to purchase three disks for the police department's Firearms Training Simulator (FATS), which will allow for a total of 60 new training scenarios. The city will also purchase a FATS taser simulator unit to train officers on the use of tasers. The training will cover the use of different levels of force, including the use of deadly force. This training is mandatory within the State of Arizona for officers to retain their certification.

The Special Response Team of the Police Department will also purchase a chemical munitions launcher and train those officers on its use. The police departmnet has not had this type of equipment, which would have been useful in a recent incident involving an armed subject shooting into a neighborhood. This equipment will provide officers with another option for apprehending a dangerous individual.


Date Created: August 5, 2009