3.7 Property and Equipment
Equipment Acquired With Crime Control Act
If you have acquired equipment with Crime Control Act award funds through the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), then the law requires that you ensure this equipment is used for criminal justice purposes. The following standards and procedures govern ownership, use, management, and disposition of this type of equipment:
- The Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 [PDF - 2.80 MB], as amended, 42 United States Code (U.S.C.) § 3789 (2009) [PDF - 132 Kb], et seq., requires that the title to all equipment and supplies purchased with Crime Control Act funds vest in the criminal justice agency or nonprofit organization that purchased the property. However, this requirement only holds if the agency or organization provides written certification to the State office that it will use the property for criminal justice purposes. If the agency or organization does not provide such written certification, title to the property vests in the State office. In this case, under this law, the State should seek to use the equipment and supplies for criminal justice purposes elsewhere in the State prior to using or disposing of it in any other manner.
- A subrecipient or State should use and manage equipment in accordance with its procedures as long as the equipment is used for criminal justice purposes.
- When equipment is no longer needed for criminal justice purposes, a State should dispose of equipment (for both the State and subrecipients) in accordance with State procedures, with no further obligation to the awarding agency.