Staff recommends the City Commission confirm acceptance of the COPS grant for $306,960, as provided for in Resolution 8431 adopted on April 13, 2009.
On April 13, 2009, the City Commission authorized the application, and, if awarded, acceptance of a Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for $306,960. This grant will fund two existing sworn officer positions for three (3) years. Even though the adopted resolution authorized acceptance, staff believe it is appropriate to bring this grant back to confirm the Commission’s acceptance of the grant.
The grant will require the City to maintain existing staffing levels similar to the SAFER grant we are currently operating under for the Fire Department. The term will be 48 months under which we cannot reduce sworn officer positions.
1. Confirm acceptance of the COPS grant as provided for in adopted Resolution 8431; or
2. Such alternative action as the Commission may deem appropriate
The grant will provide 100% funding of the $306,960 for two existing law enforcement positions salaries and benefits for three years. The city must retain all sworn officer positions awarded under this grant for a period of one year (12 months) following the conclusion of the three-year funding period. At the beginning of the fourth year, the city must fund the 2 COPS positions.
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