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Rapides Parish Recovery Act JAG Projects

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $709,524)

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 Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office and the cities of Alexandria, Pineville, and the town of Glenmora will use the Recovery Act award in the amount of $709,524 to purchase equipment, supplies, and technology to enhance law enforcement capabilities. The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office, acting as the fiscal agent, will use $333,725.50 to purchase a fully equipped patrol vehicle, mobile radio, and portable radio for four officers. They will also equip their fleet of patrol vehicles with in-car videos systems and purchase additional technology, such as tasers, radios, flashlights, and other essential supplies. The City of Alexandria will use $333,725.50 to purchase a disrupter robot with cross functional capabilities. This bomb disposal robot will provide remote capabilities to respond and deal with hazardous threats, tactical, and surveillance operations. They will also purchase an electronic portable ticket device system for the police department's traffic division. The City of Pineville will use $25,728 to purchase mobile computer aided dispatch software. The town of Glenmora will use $16,275 to purchase a used patrol vehicle, laptops with Thinkstream software, ballistic vest and plates, an in-car digital video camera, and a Stalker DSR 2X Radar.


Date Created: August 10, 2009