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TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL
FROM: ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER
DATE: SEPTEMBER 16, 2003
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 in FY 03-04 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 and emergency preparedness 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 eighth year that the City has received funding for the CORE Police Team from the U.S. Department of Justice under the LLEBG program. In addition to this Federal grant, the City also receives State grant funding provided under AB 3229 (Brulte). This year, the amount of funding from the state will decline from $100,000 to approximately $86,000. 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).
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 staff reported to the Council during the budget process earlier this year, the City has depleted the fund balance in the LLEBG/COPS program and began supplementing it with a transfer from the General fund in FY 02-03. In FY 03-04, the program will be funded through a combination of State and Federal grants, a transfer from the General Fund approved by the City Council with the adoption of the FY 03-04 City Budget and continued sharing of the cost with two other incorporated cities in the Region (Rolling Hills and Rolling Hills Estates).
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 2003.
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 2003, 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.
Assistant City Manager