Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $38,647)
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 Boyle County and the city of Danville will use their Recovery Act JAG award to support equipment purchases and increase intelligence and communications in order to provide more efficient public and officer safety. The city of Danville, serving as the fiscal agent, will use their share of the grant to purchasing 33 mobile printers and 32 driver's license scanners. This equipment will be installed in Danville Police Department patrol cruisers and tied into currently installed Mobile Data Computers in order increase the efficiency of traffic enforcement and collision investigation. The scanners and printers will enable officers to utilize the 'E-citation' software, provided by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, to scan a motorist's driver's license information and print a citation or a report much more quickly and neatly than handwriting. The Boyle County Sheriff's Department will use its share of the funds to purchase 10 mobile printers and 10 driver's license scanners to be installed in their patrol cruisers. They will purchase two desktop computers for their office, eight digital cameras, and 12 rechargeable flashlights to be kept in patrol units for accident and criminal investigation, three wireless spotlights to be installed on special duty patrol vehicles, and two TASER X26 units to be assigned to deputies. The department will also contract with an authorized installer to equip three patrol cruisers with previously purchased Mobile Data Computers.