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City of Stillwater Downtown Security Camera System Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $11,700)

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 Stillwell will use the Recovery Act JAG funds to partially fund a server that will form the infrastructure for a Downtown Security Camera System. The security camera system will be primarily funded from the City's Parking Enterprise Fund. The surveillance camera system will be used to monitor the City's public parking lots. Police officers will have the capability to monitor the cameras real time from the computers in their squad cars and observe possible criminal activity as it happens and deploy as needed. All of the proposed cameras will be mounted to view public areas only, mainly focusing on public parking lots and heavy pedestrian, vehicle, and nighttime activity traffic. Deployment of this camera system will deter crime in city parking lots and enhance the police departments ability to investigate and respond to crime incidents in the downtown area.


Date Created: August 27, 2009