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Hendry County Sheriff's Office Multi-Programmatic Initiative

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $105,405)

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.

Hendry County will use the Recovery Act JAG funds to provide the sheriff's office with equipment, training, and the opportunity to focus on investigating and apprehending criminal street gangs. Electronic control devices will be purchased by the sheriff's office to provide law enforcement officers with another less than lethal use of force option. The procurement of this equipment along with training for certification will provide officers with access to a less than lethal use of force option and potentially reduce the risk of injury to officers and suspects. A Gang Intelligence Unit (Unit) will be established with grant funds supporting officer overtime. The Unit will be comprised of two school resource officers, one sergeant from the Investigator's Division, and one road sergeant who is the project manager and immediate supervisor for the Unit. To augment the staff of the Unit, two road patrol candidates will be chosen to participate by the immediate supervisor and the Captain of Special Operations. The law enforcement officers will also receive training, strategies, and tools necessary in combating criminal street gangs. Ammunition will be purchased for officer training and proficiency, as well as to supply officers with ammunition in the event an officer needs to discharge a weapon in the performance of his or her duties.


Date Created: August 10, 2009