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City of Lanett Recovery Act JAG Project

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $118,199)

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 Chambers County and the cities of Lanett, Valley, and Lafayette will use the Recovery Act JAG funds to purchase necessary equipment which will enhance officer and public safety. The Lanett Police Department will use its share of the funds ($39,674) to implement a K-9 unit by purchasing a canine for use in narcotics and enforcement tracking, purchasing equipment, and a vehicle for use by the K-9 unit, and training an officer to handle and care for the dog. The Valley Police Department will use its share of the funds ($33,918) to upgrade portable communications, purchase and install GPS units in 15 police vehicles, and purchase Tasers. The Lafayette Police Department will use its share of the funds ($27,751) to purchase Glock .40 Cal pistols for duty weapons, replace old and out-of-warranty ballistic vests, upgrade portable communications, purchase Tasers, and outfit an AR-15 rifle to bring it in line with ones currently in service. The Chambers County Sheriff's Department will use its share of the funds ($16,856) to purchase tactical entry equipment and upgrade tactical communications.


Date Created: August 16, 2009