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Enhancing Law Enforcement Services in Tooele County, Utah

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $80,433)

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 of Tooele City and Tooele County will use their Recovery Act JAG award to purchase equipment and pay for training. Tooele City, serving as the fiscal agent, does not have equipment for viewing or enhancing surveillance videos and other digital data provided by victims of crimes like robbery and burglary. The city will use their share ($65,843) of the award to purchase a forensic digital imaging system, equipment for prosecuting and defense attorneys to view evidence on DVDs, and supplies for the forensic image system and the city's evidence viewing room, such as chairs, blank DVDs, thumb drives, hard drives, folders, shelves, and memory card readers. The city will also pay for travel for two officers to be trained on the forensic imaging system.

Tooele County will use their funds for audio/video recording and surveillance systems to be used in a remote substation of the Tooele County Sheriff's Office. The video systems will be used to replace the VHS system that is currently being used. The systems purchased will allow Tooele County to provide digital evidence to prosecutors, store digital media on a server, and back-up the digital media.


Date Created: August 6, 2009