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Project Safe in East Texas

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $449,987)

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 city of Longview will share this Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act Local JAG award with the cities of Gladewater and Kilgore, and Gregg County. The city of Longview will serve as the fiscal agent to administer the JAG Recovery Act funds for all four jurisdictions. JAG funds will be used to hire personnel, hire and maintain contracted positions, purchase law enforcement equipment, and fund crime prevention awareness efforts. The city of Longview will use JAG funds to create a new school resource officer position, retain a contracted position, hire a prevention specialist, and purchase training equipment and computer software. The city of Gladewater will use its portion of the award to purchase traffic safety equipment, radios, and radar speed trailer; and procure tools to refurbish and maintain firearms. The city of Kilgore will use its portion of the award to acquire in-car digital camera recording systems, flashlight systems, and digital camcorders and cameras. Gregg County will use JAG funds to purchase lighting systems, signal stingers, light bars for patrol units, and taser packages.


Date Created: August 17, 2009