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2009-182-1128 - US Dept of Justice Grant City of Miami Gardens Agenda Cover Memo Council Meeting Date: October 14, 2009 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: N/A Advertising Requirement: (Enter X in box) Yes No Contract/P.O. Required: (Enter X in box) Yes No RFP/RFQ/Bid #: X Sponsor Name Dr. Danny Crew, City Manager Department: Police Department Short Title: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, ACCEPTING A GRANT IN THE AMOUNT OF EIGHT HUNDRED AND ONE THOUSAND, TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY SIX DOLLARS ($801,246.00) FROM THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE; AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO TAKE ANY AND ALL STEPS NECESSARY IN ORDER TO ACCEPT THE GRANT AWARD; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE Staff Summary: The Miami Gardens Police Department has applied for and been awarded grant funding from the United States Department of Justice in the amount of $801,246. These funds are to be used in furtherance of crime prevention initiatives throughout the Department. The funding will be utilized to staff the Grinch Busters Program as well as events surrounding the NCAA Orange Bowl and NFL Pro and Super Bowls. In addition the funds will be utilized to conduct enforcement sweeps and 12 DUI Checkpoints during the year. Funds will also be utilized to administer the grant and as a supplement to the General Fund Budget under the “Budget Stabilization” provision. The funds from this grant award will significantly assist the Department in its endeavor to continually impact criminal activity and be progressive in the deployment of our personnel. Due to the time sensitivity associated with the distribution of these funds from the Federal Government, the City was required to return the grant contract before October 5, 2009, thereby making it necessary for the City Manager to sign and submit the grant document before the next regularly scheduled City Council meeting. As such, staff is requesting that the City Council approve the grant award “nunc pro tunc”. ITEM J-6) CONSENT AGENDA RESOLUTION Accepting a grant from The U.S. Dept. of Justice 1515 NW 167 Street, Building 5 Suite 200 Miami Gardens, Florida 33169 Proposed Action: That the City Council approve the attached resolution authorizing the “nunc pro tunc” approval for the City Manager to execute a contract with the United States Department of Justice allowing the Miami Gardens Police Department to utilize the $801,246 allocated by this grant Attachment: Byrne Grant Contract Byrne Grant Abstract Attachment 4 Abstract The Miami Gardens Police Department has been in operation since December 16, 2007. Since that time the Department has implemented an operating process that has resulted in a crime reduction of 19%. The Department is requesting funding from the Byrne Grant to implement the Miami Gardens Police Department Enhanced Deployment Operation for FY 2009 /2010. The Department will utilize these funds to coordinate a variety of enforcement initiatives aimed at increasing public safety and crime reduction strategies. During the past year the Department has undertaken initiatives in the area of violent crime reduction, traffic and pedestrian safety and crime prevention awareness. Many of these initiatives have been completed through the use of grant funds obtained from various entities. The operational plans to be implemented have many components but have placed primary emphasis on the goal of providing a community culture of safety. Strategies of this plan include the initiation of DUI Checkpoints, Crime Reduction Sweeps and an emphasis on the clearing of violent crime cases. Funding from this allocation will go to the furtherance of these strategies which will be a major element of meeting the plan’s goals as follows: • Twelve (12) All Out Initiatives-Aimed at reducing violent crimes by 3% and property crimes by 4% • Six (6) DUI Checkpoint Initiatives-Achieve an increase in DUI Arrests by 5% • Funding of protracted and complex investigations-Funding will be used to achieve clearance rates at or above the national average for targeted crimes. • Enhanced Operations NFL Events-Deliverables include providing a safe and secure environment for visitors and participants to the City of Miami Gardens. In addition, the City has faced financial challenges due to the economic downturn of the Country. It is anticipated that tax revenues will be reduced by 5% which will result in budget cuts throughout the City. Line items that cannot be drastically reduced will impact other tangible line items such as overtime. It is in that vain that funding form this grant will partially find the Department’s overtime line item in order to maintain a high level of service to the community. 1 Page 1 of 1