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TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL
FROM: ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER
DATE: SEPTEMBER 17, 2002
SUBJECT: USE OF FEDERAL AND STATE FUNDING FOR SUPPLEMENTAL POLICE SERVICES – CORE POLICE TEAM
Approve the continued use of LLEBG (Local Law Enforcement Block Grant) and COPS (Citizen Option for Police Services) funds to pay for the CORE Police Team to perform enforcement and crime prevention duties at the schools and commercial areas in the Region and in the parks and open space areas adjacent to and south of Crest Road.
This hearing fulfills the requirement that a public hearing be held prior to obligating funds the City receives from both the U.S. Department of Justice and the State of California (AB 3229 Brulte) for supplementing police services in the City.
The CORE (Community Resource) Police Team consists of three Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputies who perform law enforcement and crime prevention duties at the high schools and intermediate schools; perform anti-gang and anti-narcotics activities in the Region; patrol the Peninsula Center commercial area during designated hours; patrol the park and open space areas adjacent to and south of Crest Road; and assist civic, Neighborhood Watch and Business Watch crime prevention programs. The CORE deputies are in addition to the personnel for which the City contracts with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement services.
This will be the seventh year that the City has received funding for the CORE Police Team from the U.S. Department of Justice under the LLEBG program. This Federal grant, in combination with a $100,000 State grant provided under AB 3229 (Brulte), will give the City the necessary funding to continue supplementing the City’s law enforcement services with the CORE Police Team. The chart below summarizes the level of funding the City has received from the LLEBG grant program since its inception:
Additional funding comes from a cooperative public safety program with the Cities of Rolling Hills Estates and Rolling Hills (based on a 60/30/10 cost sharing formula), and the Peninsula Merchants Association.
Mission of the CORE Police Team
The CORE Team is concerned with quality of life issues, especially those involving juveniles. Since its inception, the CORE Team has built a high profile in the community and its primary activities include the following:
Restriction on the Use of Grant Funds
Use of the both the LLEBG and COPS funds is limited to the following activities:
Sources of Funding
As of June 30, 2002, the balance in the LLEBG/COPS fund was $160,300. In addition to further State and Federal grants that will be received this year, continued sharing of the cost with two other incorporated cities in the Region (Rolling Hills and Rolling Hills Estates) and the participation of the Peninsula Merchants Association will assure that sufficient funding for the CORE Police Team is available through FY 2002-2003.
Advisory Board Review
After completion of this public hearing, the next step in the process is to hold a meeting of the Advisory Board to review the use of the grant funds. The Advisory Board consists of representation from the City, the School Districts, the Lomita Sheriff’s Station and the City Attorney. Staff anticipates holding the meeting in late October 2002.
Beginning in 1996, the City has been the recipient of State and Federal grants enabling the City to supplement police services with the CORE Police Team. This program has proven to very successful and has a positive impact on the community. Before funds can be committed for FY 2002, certain public hearings must be held to satisfy the requirements of the grants. This evening’s public hearing is part of the compliance with these requirements.