Staff Report/Resolution Authorizing the Submission of the 2011 COPS Hiring Grant Program Application

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STAFF REPORT

AGENDA ITEM: Resolution Authorizing the Submission of the 2011 COPS Hiring Grant Program Application to the United States Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

MEETING DATE: May 17, 201.1

PREPARED BY: Chris Soria, Interim Chief of Police & Jasmin Bains, Senior Accountant

REVIEWED BY: Victoria Lewis, Interim City Manager

RECOMMENDATION:

Council adopt Resolution No. 2011- , authorizing the submission of the 2011 COPS Hiring Grant Program Application to the United States Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

BACKGROUND:

The United States Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program is a competitive grant that would fund a newly hired, full-time sworn officer position for a period of three years.

Livingston Police Department currently employs 17 full-time sworn officers. A law enforcement agency of this size may request no more than one full-time officer position to be funded by the grant.

DISCUSSION:

The COPS Hiring Program grant will pay 100 percent of an entry level full-time officer’s salary and benefits for three years.

When the grant expires in the fourth year, the City must retain the sworn officer position for a minimum of 12 months.

The COPS Hiring Program grant is intended to fill vacant sworn officer positions that are unfunded in the City budget due to a hiring freeze or budget cuts. A city may not reduce its law enforcement hiring budget simply to take advantage of the grant.

The FY 2010/2011 approved budget authorized 20 full-time sworn officer positions; however, due to budgetary constraints and monetary shortfalls the City has been unable to fill the 2 vacant positions during the current fiscal year and has no plans to do so in the near future. Currently the only a uthorized recruitment is that of the Police Chief. When filled, sworn officer strength will be at 18 positions. Therefore, the City of Livingston is a qualified candidate for COPS Hiring Program grant funds.

The COPS Hiring Program grant is due on May 25, 2011; the U.S. Department of Justice anticipates making grant award announcements prior to September 30, 2011.

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FISCAL EMPACT:

The grant would request $202,485 for the salary and benefits of a full-time sworn officer for three years. During the three years, there is no match required of the City.

Beginning in FY 2014-2015, the City is responsible for the salary and benefit costs of the officer hired under this grant, for a period of at least 12 months.

ATTACHMENT:

1. Resolution No. 2011-_

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RESOLUTION NO. 2011-

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIVINGSTON AUTHORIZING THE SUBMISSION OF THE 2011 COPS HIRING GRANT PROGRAM APPLICATION TO THE
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ORIENTED
POLICING SERVICES

WHEREAS, the United States Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program grant provides funding to assist community policing efforts in communities which have reduced full- time sworn officer positions due to local fiscal distress; and

WHEREAS, the officer strength of the Livingston Police Department has been reduced due to local fiscal distress; and

WHEREAS, the COPS Hiring Program provides funding for entry-level salary and benefits for newly hired, full-time sworn officer positions with no local match required for a period of three years; and

WHEREAS, the City of Livingston desires to enhance community policing efforts despite its local fiscal distress by applying to the U.S. Department of Justice for COPS Hiring Program grant funds.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council hereby approves Resolution No. 2011-_, authorizing the submission of the 2011 COPS Hiring Grant Program application to the United States Department of Justice Office of Community Policing Services.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City Council hereby authorizes the Interim City Manager or her designee(s) to execute the contract agreement and all other documents required by the Department of Justice on behalf of the City of Livingston in the event that the grant is awarded.

Passed and adopted this 17” day of May, 2011, by the following vote:

AYES:

NOES:

ABSENT:

Rodrigo Espinoza, Mayor
of the City of Livingston

ATTEST:

1, hereby certify that the foregoing resolution was regularly introduced, passed and adopted at a regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Livingston this 17th" day of May, 2011.

Antonio Silva, City Clerk

of the City of Livingston

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