Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $161,020)
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 of Natchitoches Parish and the city of Natchitoches will use their 2009 Recovery Act JAG award in the amount of $161,020 to support their law enforcement agencies. The city of Natchitoches, serving as the fiscal agent, will use their share of the grant ($102,672) to purchase equipment for the Natchitoches Police Department, including digital in-car cameras, desktop computers, GIS Management Software, and laptops for the traffic and patrol divisions. Natchitoches Parish will use their share of the grant ($58,348) to hire and equip a new Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office patrol deputy with a laptop for field operations. The projects funded through this program will benefit the citizens through the enhancement of services provided by local law enforcement.