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FY 2009 Recovery Act JAG Program

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $224,042)

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 Hardin County and the cities of Elizabethtown and Radcliff will use their Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award to support law enforcement and make equipment and vehicle purchases. The city of Elizabethtown will use their Recovery Act JAG funds to purchase portable radios that will replace their current analog radio system. The city of Radcliff will use their share to purchase less than lethal shotguns and standardized off-duty handguns and holsters. They also propose to purchase a Firearms Training System (FATS). This system will provide additional training opportunities for officers without going to the range. Other equipment to be purchased will be a police robot , DUI simulator, and a speed data collection unit that will be used for public education and public relations efforts by the department within the city and county. Hardin County will use their share of the Recovery Act JAG funds to purchase additional mobile data terminals to ensure each patrol unit is equipped and also purchase other essential law enforcement equipment.


Date Created: August 16, 2009