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Technological Enhancements for Police Services

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $35,243)

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.

Pittsfield Charter Township will use their Recovery Act JAG funds to purchase equipment for the Pittsfield Police Department. Purchases will include a digital audio/video DVD recording system and server, two mobile in-car police cameras, and a data master alcohol breath instrument. The Digital Audio/Video recording system and server will be used to record and store recordings from patrol cars. Two in-car patrol digital cameras will be used for patrolling neighborhoods, recording traffic stops for evidentiary purposes, and providing a more reliable and accurate system of resolving citizen complaints. The new breathalyzer machine will be used for alcohol-related offenses involving drivers operating motor vehicles while intoxicated.


Date Created: August 16, 2009