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2012-126-1721 - COPS Grant  1515  NW  167  Street, Building  5  Suite  200    Miami  Gardens, Florida  33169    City of Miami Gardens Agenda Cover Memo Council Meeting Date: September 12, 2012 Item Type: (Enter X in box) Resolution Ordinance Other X Fiscal Impact: (Enter X in box) Yes No Ordinance Reading:(Enter X in box) 1 st Reading 2 nd Reading X Public Hearing:(Enter X in box) Yes No Yes No X Funding Source: N/A 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 Dr. 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  AND  THE  CITY  CLERK  TO  EXECUTE  AND  ATTEST  RESPECTIVELY, THAT  CERTAIN  AGREEMENT  WITH  THE  UNITED  STATES  DEPARTMENT  OF  JUSTICE  FOR  THE  ACCEPTANCE  OF  THE  “COPS” GRANT  IN  THE  AMOUNT  OF  ONE  MILLION, TWO  HUNDRED  FIFTY  THOUSAND  DOLLARS  ($1,250,000.00), A  COPY  OF  WHICH  IS  ATTACHED  HERETO  AS  EXHIBIT  “A”; AUTHORIZING  A  TWEN TY ‐FIVE  PERCENT  (25%) MATCH  IN  FUNDS; PROVIDING  FOR  INSTRUCTIONS  TO  THE  CITY  CLERK; PROVIDING  FOR  THE  ADOPTION  OF  REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING  FOR  AN  EFFECTIVE  DATE.     Staff  Summary: The Miami Gardens Police Department has appl ied for and been awarded grant funding from the United States Department of Justice COPS Program in t he amount of $1,250,000. These funds are to be used in furt herance of the implementation of the Department’s Violence Reduction Program targeting gang activity and vi olent crimes. The funding will reimburse 49% of ITEM K-5) CONSENT AGENDA RESOLUTION COPS Grant   1515  NW  167  Street, Building  5  Suite  200    Miami  Gardens, Florida  33169   the salaries of ten entry level police officers for a period of three years, with a provision that the officers remain employed for an additional year with all costs absorbed by the City. The grant does require that “grantees are required to hire a new police officer who is a military veteran that has served after 9/11 for a period of no less than 180 days and has been honorably discharged.” This grant process was extremel y competitive as only 221 agencie s out of 1,411 nationwide and 7 out of 32 agencies in Florida were awarded funding. Additio nally, the Department received the highest number of officers ava ilable under the funding process formula which is critical to the success of the projec t being implemented. The funds from this grant awar d will significantly assist the Department in its endeavor to continue to reduce violent crime and introduc e a prevention component to our community policing efforts through Gang Resistance Education. Fundin g from the general fund for equipment, vehicles and uniforms has been allocated by the City Manager in furtherance of this project. It is anticipated that the new employees will be hired on October 1, 2012. Attempts to recruit and hire five positions as Police Cadet Recrui ts will be made, with preference given to City residence who meets the veteran requirement. Proposed Action: That the City Council approve the attached Resolution. Attachment: Attachment A- 2013 Cops Hiring Gr ant Acceptance Package and Contract