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2009-190-1136 - LETF Expenditure 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: Law Enforcement Trust Fund 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 O. Crew Department: Police Department Short Title: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING AN EXPENDITURE IN THE AMOUNT OF FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS ($15,000.00) FROM THE LAW ENFORCEMENT TRUST FUND (LETF) TO BE USED BY THE MIAMI GARDENS POLICE DEPARTMENT COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT TEAM (CET); PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY MANAGER) Staff Summary: The Miami Gardens Police Department ‐Law Enforcement Trust Fund (LETF) was established via City Council Resolution as a depository for monies seized as contraband and from the resulting sale of articles seized as a result of qualified criminal activity. Pursuant to Ordinance 2008‐18‐154 and the Florida Contraband Act, such funds shall be used for crime prevention, safe neighborhood, drug abuse education and prevention programs, or for other specific law enforcement purposes not covered by the General Fund. The Miami Gardens Police Department is seeking authorization from the City Council to expend $15,000 from the LETF to purchase laptop computers for the newly formed Community Enrichment Team being funded from the Community Oriented Policing Program Grant. The Community Enrichment Team (CET) will be responsible for proactively addressing the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, public nuisance, social disorder and fear of crime within the City of Miami Gardens. CET Officers will coordinate their efforts with the Code Enforcement, Criminal Investigations and Operations Divisions to address violations of city ordinances, local, state and federal laws within the City of Miami Gardens Jurisdiction. The use of laptop computers will be an invaluable resource to the officers of CET. ITEM J-14) CONSENT AGENDA RESOLUTION Expenditure from the LETF 1515 NW 167 Street, Building 5 Suite 200 Miami Gardens, Florida 33169 In an effort to further reduce crime, improve community relations and enhance quality of life conditions, CET Officers will place an emphasis on community policing techniques as well as Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Projects. These projects are designed to impact unique or repetitive issues by implementing specific strategies to target the problem. This form of community policing will allow the Department to actively work with others to understand and address the issues that lead to crime within our city and take preventive measures. Without access to computers, the officers assigned to this specialized crime prevention unit will not have the technical tools that are necessary to carry out the mission of the unit. Funding from the General Fund has been utilized for other capital purchases related to this implementation. This resolution will assist the Department in fully equipping these officers and offsetting the initial startup costs. costs. Proposed Action: That the City Council accept the resolution to allot $15,000.00 from the Law Enforcement Trust Fund to be used by Miami Gardens Police Department – Community Enforcement Team pursuant to Ordinance 2008‐18‐154 and the Florida Contraband Act. Attachment: Police Chief Recommendation Memo CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS INTEROFFICE MEMORANDUM TO: Honorable Mayor and City Council City of Miami Gardens VIA: Dr. Danny O. Crew, City Manager FROM: Matthew Boyd, Chief Miami Gardens Police Department DATE: October 14, 2009 SUBJECT: Law Enforcement Trust Fund Expenditure Recommendation: That the City Council approve the expenditure of $15,000 from the Law Enforcement Trust Fund (LETF) for the purchase of laptop computers in furtherance of the Department’s implementation of a community policing component. Background: The LETF was established via City Council Resolution as a depository for monies seized as contraband and from the resulting sale of articles seized as a result of qualified criminal activity. Pursuant to Ordinance 2008-18-154 and the Florida Contraband Act, such funds shall be used for crime prevention, safe neighborhood, drug abuse education and prevention programs or for other specific law enforcement purposes not covered by the General Fund. The Police Department is seeking authorization from the City Council to expend $15,000 from the LETF to purchase laptop computers for the newly formed Community Enrichment Team being partially funded from the Community Oriented Policing Program Grant. The Community Enrichment Team (CET) will be responsible for proactively addressing the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, public nuisance, social disorder and fear of crime within the City of Miami Gardens. CET Officers will coordinate their efforts with the Code Enforcement, Criminal Investigations and Operations Divisions to address violations of city ordinances, local, state and federal laws within the City of Miami Gardens Jurisdiction. The use of laptop computers will be an invaluable resource to the officers of CET. Funding from the General Fund has been utilized for other capital purchases related to this implementation. This resolution will assist the Department in fully equipping these officers and offsetting the initial startup costs. MB/plm