Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $289,133)
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 Kenosha County, the city of Kenosha, and the village of Pleasant Prairie will use their Recovery Act JAG award in the amount of $289,133 to purchase and upgrade law enforcement equipment and technology. The city of Kenosha, along with the Kenosha Police Department, will serve as the fiscal agent and will use $170,000 to purchase crime analysis software and additional law enforcement technology. Kenosha County, along with the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department, will use $108,227 to purchase additional law enforcement technology and tactical equipment. The village of Pleasant Prairie, along with the Pleasant Prairie Police Department, will use $10,906 to assist in developing an in-house training program and to purchase firearms equipment.