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Local Justice Assistance Grant

The City of Independence, Police Department has received grant funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) via the Local Justice Assistance Grant (JAG). The JAG program is administered by the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and is a program that uses a formula calculation to determine award amounts offered to state and local governments, with the funds to be used for criminal justice programs. The City of Independence joined the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Jackson County, the Board of Police Commissions, and the cities of Blue Springs, Grandview, Raytown, Lee’s Summit and Sugar Creek in an Interlocal Agreement that had to be submitted with the application for the Recovery Act JAG funds. As a result, the metro area has been awarded a total of $4,345,677.00 for this JAG program.

The City of Independence portion is $416,745.99 and will be used to hire one Technology Assistant and one Administrative Aide for the Police Department, plus workstations and computers for both positions. With the addition of these two positions, the Police Department anticipates improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the department as a whole. The Technology Assistant will enable the Police Department to implement new technology that will increase officer efficiency and time in the field. In addition, the Administrative Aide will be assigned to the Patrol Unit and will increase the Patrol Supervisors’ time spent on the streets in a greater effort to reduce and prevent crime.

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Staff Contact: Dennea Leap , (816) 325-7315, dleap@indepmo.org

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