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FY 2009 Recovery Act Justice Assistance Grant Program

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $101,975)

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 Canadian County and the cities of El Reno, Mustang, and Yukon will use Recovery Act JAG funding in the amount of $101,975 to assist local efforts at reducing crime and violence through the purchase of essential law enforcement equipment. The city of Yukon, serving as fiscal agent, will use their share of the grant to purchase laptops and mounting brackets for its police department's patrol vehicles, desktop computers and software, and a printer and associated accessories. Canadian County will purchase laptops and mounting devices, power adapters, and software licenses for its sheriff's office. The city of El Reno will purchase laptops, memory upgrades, warranty extensions, and licenses. The city of Mustang will use remaining funds to purchase laptops and mounting stands, port replicators with locks, power supplies, and software for its police department. Each project will allow immediate wireless access from department vehicles, increase officer safety, begin the process of establishing interoperability of records-sharing between jurisdictions, and assist law enforcement personnel in providing more efficient and enhanced services to the community.


Date Created: September 1, 2009