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2011-095-1488 - Police Rifle Purchase City of Miami Gardens Agenda Cover Memo Council Meeting Date: June 8, 2011 Item Type: (Enter X in box) Resolution Ordinance Other X Fiscal Impact: (Enter X in box) Yes No Ordinance Reading: (Enter X in box) 1st Reading 2nd Reading X Public Hearing: (Enter X in box) Yes No Yes No Funding Source: Law Enforce Trust Fund ment Advertising Requirement: (Enter X in box) Yes No X Contract/P.O. Required: (Enter X in box) Yes No RFP/RFQ/Bid #: X Strategic Plan Related (Enter X in box) Yes No Strategic Plan Priority Area: Enhance Organizational Bus. & Economic Dev Public Safety Quality of Education Qual. of Life & City Image Communication Strategic Plan Objective/Strategy: (list the specific objective/strategy this item will address) N/A X Sponsor Name Danny Crew, City Manager Department: Police Department Short Title: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO EXPEND TWENTY‐SIX THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS ($26,950.00) FROM THE LAW ENFORCEMENT TRUST FUND FOR THE PURCHASE OF RIFLES AND THE INSTALLATION OF VEHICULAR RIFLE RACKS; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Staff Summary: The Miami Gardens Police Department is progressive and innovative in the use of equipment and tactics employed while conducting law enforcement operations. As part of our initial deployment, the Department purchased 12 rifles to be used by personnel on a sign‐out basis and allowed for personally owned and approved rifles to be used on duty as well. The initial purchase of a limited number of riffles was largely due to budgetary constraints when implementing the Department and the exorbitant cost of purchasing a rifle for every officer. ITEM K-2) CONSENT AGENDA RESOLUTION Law Enforcement Trust Fund 1515 NW 167 Street, Building 5 Suite 200 Miami Gardens, Florida 33169 Additionally, the manner in which the rifles are now carried is in the trunk of each officer’s vehicle. This is problematic and not practical given the manner in which the vehicle is operated and the necessity of having the weapon in close proximity to the officer. The Department was contacted by a vendor contracted by the US Department of Justice, to re‐sell surplus rifles from the military. This is part of the United States surplus equipment program, which allows law enforcement entities to purchase equipment at an extremely reduced cost. The cost of each rifle is $83.63 as compared to the regular retail price of $600.00 per unit. All of the rifles will be field tested and inspected by Miami Gardens Police personnel before being entered into service. An additional component of this request is the purchase of locked /secure rifle racks, which are to be installed and mounted in the vehicles of patrol officers. The installation of these devices inside the cabin of the vehicle will allow better accessibility for the officer and will provide for enhanced security of the weapon. Given the spontaneous and sometimes volatile situations that officers encounter, making these items available for faster response is important for the safety of the officers. The purchase and installation of the locked secured rifle racks, as well as the purchase of the surplus rifles is allowable under Florida Statutes regulating the use of LETF dollars. Staff recommends that Council approve the use of LETF funds in the amount of $26,950: • $18,287.00 for the purchase and installation of locked /secure rifle racks • $8,663.00 for the purchase of 100 rifles $26,950.00 Total LETF request Proposed Action: That the City Council authorize the City Manager to expend $26,950 from the Police Department’s LETF account to purchase 100 rifles at a cost of $8,663.00 and install vehicular rifle racks at a cost of $18,287.00. Attachment: None