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Technology, Training, Equipment and Vehicle Upgrade Project

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $115,150)

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 Barton County and the city of Great Bend will use their 2009 Recovery Act JAG award in the amount of $115,150 to provide improved training to law enforcement officers and purchase equipment that will improve communication capabilities and basic officer safety. The city of Great Bend, serving as the fiscal agent, will use its share of the grant funds ($91,892.50) to upgrade technology used at the law enforcement training facility, replace outdated laptops used for in-vehicle report processing, and replace two vehicles used for K-9 and SWAT purposes. Barton County will use its portion of the grant funds ($23,257.50) to provide officers with less-than-lethal technology (tasers) to improve both officer and citizen safety, upgrade the Sheriff's Department computer server and, purchase new laptop computers with enhanced functionality for use in the patrol vehicles.


Date Created: July 29, 2009