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Okmulgee City/County Law Enforcement Technology Project

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $51,473)

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 Okmulgee County and the city of Okmulgee will use the Recovery Act JAG funds in the amount of $51,473 to support their law enforcement agencies. Oklmulgee County, serving as the fiscal agent, will use its share of the award ($10,100) to purchase 14 mobile narrowband radios, three hand-held narrowband radios, and cabling to enable it to meet federal mandates requiring narrowband systems communications technology, as well as restore direct communication with other area law enforcement and public safety agencies.

The city of Okmulgee will use its share of the award ($41,373) to acquire multiple forms of 'less-lethal' and protective equipment for the police department, allowing officers to use the most appropriate use of force in affecting an arrest. The funding will purchase Tasers for every officer, re-fill cartridges, one 40mm less-lethal projectile launcher, associated projectiles for the 40mm launcher, and one ballistic shield.


Date Created: August 27, 2009