Grant: $666,990 - Department of Justice - Jul. 13, 2009
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Award Description: The purpose of this grant is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of law enforcement and criminal justice programs in the city of Columbus, Georgia by providing equipment, operating supplies, improved training capabilities, and outside contracted services needed in order to help the law enforcement and courts components operate at an increased level of proficiency, safety, and efficiency, while simultaneously meeting the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 goals of economic stimulation and job creation and/or retention for the local economy. The expected outcomes are: 1. Job retention through supplementing the city?s law enforcement and court program budgets with funds for major needs and improvements, freeing up other funds for retaining and, in the case of the Police Department and 911 Call Center, hiring new employees. 2. Increased safety of law enforcement personnel through better training and more effective equipment for personal protection and abduction of suspects. 3. Improvements to the courts and criminal justice systems by keeping non-violent drug offenders out of jail and allowing better service and representation to offenders with mental health issues, thereby saving significant funds and retaining jobs for the drug courts and mental health court. 4. Increased safety to the citizens of the community through better-coordinated and trained law enforcement units and more effective equipment.
Project Description: The activity in this grant is just beginning to commence. $2,500 of the $25,000 allocated has been paid to the University of Georgia for preliminary training for the Floor Leader Program, which will train workers on each floor of The Government Center with handling disasters and emergencies, including search and rescue, and thus aiding the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office in the performance of their duties. $3,700.20 has been spent toward the purchase of three new Tasers and additional cartridges and holsters for the Marshal of Muscogee County to improve their effectiveness and safety in apprehending individuals. We have issued purchase orders totalling $161,858 for the purchase of equipment for the firearms training system, $116,064 for 800MHz radios for the county jail, and $51,907.50 for additional Tasers and accessories for the Columbus Police Department.
Jobs Summary: none created this quarter (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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