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FY 2009 Recovery Act JAG Program

Award Information

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Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $92,927)

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 the city of Searcy and the county of White will use their Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award in the amount of $92,927 to support the Searcy Police Department and the White County Sheriff's Department with law enforcement equipment enhancements. The Searcy Police Department will purchase a 150 KW generator and 10 Glock .40 caliber handguns with their share of Recovery Act JAG funding. The White County Sheriff's Department will purchase information technology, tasers, and taser supplies. The projects will increase officer safety and assist the officers to serve the general public more efficiently and would not be possible without Recovery Act JAG funding.
The money requested from the Recovery Act JAG program will quickly be put back into the community through the purchasing of equipment. The ripple effect of that money being made available will keep jobs for the citizens of this jurisdiction and further the recovery of the community.


Date Created: September 10, 2009