Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $1,394,046)
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 city of El Paso is listed as disparate with the following El Paso County and the city of Socorro. The city of El Paso will serve as the fiscal agent and administer the grant funds for all three jurisdictions.
The city of El Paso, through the police department, will acquire rifles for the patrol division and will fund salaries and fringe benefits for the Serious Habitual Offender Comprehensive Action Program's (SHOCAP) Senior Office Assistant. The goal of SHOCAP is to reduce the number of crimes related to juveniles and the involvement of juveniles in gangs. The senior office assistant will be responsible for maintaining an informational database on SHOCAP juveniles, screening police reports to identify SHOCAP candidates, and other related duties. Theh city of Socorro, through the police department, will purchase cameras and radars, intoxilyzer machines, firearms, less-than-lethal devices, fingerprint kits, ballistic shields, and an RMS server. El Paso County will distribute funds to its sheriff's department and the district attorney's office. The sheriff's department will utilize its entire allocation to equip officers with tasers and air cartridges for officer safety. The district attorney's office will procure a data server to accommodate increased storage demands on the office-wide computer network, computer hardware and accessories and other office supplies for presentation purposes, and evaluate the county's juvenile and adult drug court programs.