Grant: $148,658 - Department of Justice - May. 29, 2009
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Award Description: 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. 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 Watsonville will use its Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award in the amount of $148,658 to pay for police officer overtime for crime prevention and suppression activities focused on violent crimes, specifically robbery and aggravated assaults. These activities will also be coordinated with other local, state, and federal prevention and suppression activities, including the Santa Cruz County Narcotics Enforcement Team, the County-Wide Joint Agency Gang Suppression Initiative, Title II Anti-Gang Initiative – Together in Peace, Project Safe Neighborhoods, and the California Gang Reduction, Intervention, and Prevention Program (Cal-GRIP). In accordance with the ARRA goal of stabilizing state and local government budgets, funding will be used for overtime of police personnel that will create and preserve jobs and/or promote economic recovery.
Project Description: Executed grant award agreement and initialed each page of the special conditions. Completed and submitted the EEOP Certification form. Notified City's Personnel Department on EEOP rquirements to maintain the EEOP on file. Created seperate trust fund account and not comingled with any other funding source. Met with Departmental staff to develop process for overtime tracking related to the target crimes of aggravated assaults and robberies. Worked with the City Finance system to establish tracking methods for overtime to the trust fund account. We are in the early stages of project start-up and we have not begun expending overtime hours directed at the aggravated assaults and robbery rates. Major activities planned for the next quarter is to begin focusing efforts on the habitual violent offender causing the increase in aggravated assaults and robberies in the City through targeted suppression and community outreach strategies.
Jobs Summary: 00 (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Not Started
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