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FY 2009 Recovery Act JAG Program

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $26,312)

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 Sulphur will use its Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award to purchase a Networkable Veri-Pic Digital Photo Management System, new batteries for portable radios, and in-ear monitors for portable radios for all officers. The city of Sulphur currently operates a "stand alone" Veri-Pic System that is contained in one computer. A networkable Veri-Pic System will allow officers to look up photos from different locations, download photos from other locations, and print photos from their own computers instead of being forced to use one computer. This will increase the speed in which photos can be downloaded as well as help detectives in their investigations by making photos more accessible. New batteries for portable radios will allow road officers to carry back-up batteries for their radios. In-ear monitors that officers will attach to their portable radios will allow officers to hear information directly in their ears and allow them to control the volume, thus minimizing the problem of outside noise interference.


Date Created: September 13, 2009