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TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL
FROM: ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER
DATE: SEPTEMBER 21, 2004
SUBJECT: USE OF STATE FUNDING FOR SUPPLEMENTAL POLICE SERVICES – CORE POLICE TEAM
Approve the continued use of COPS (Citizen Option for Police Services) grant in FY 04-05 to partially fund the CORE Police Team.
This hearing fulfills the requirement that a public hearing be held prior to obligating funds the City receives from the State of California through the COPS (Citizen Option for Police Services) grant program (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.
Sources of Funding
Prior to 2002, the CORE Team was entirely funded through a combination of both federal and state grant funds. The City has received the federal grant through the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG) program since 1996. The way the federal grant is structured, the annual funding amount slowly decreases over time. For example, the grant amount has steadily decreased each year from a high of $25,144 in 1998 to $12,773 in 2003. The City was able to build up a reserve during the first few years the program was in place when it funded fewer CORE deputies. However, due to the yearly decline in federal grant funding, the City exhausted the reserves in FY 01-02 and began supplementing the program with General funds in FY 02-03. In July 2004, after the adoption of the FY 04-05 Budget, staff learned that the City’s allocation for the coming year had fallen below $10,000, which is the minimum threshold amount to receive funding through the federal LLEBG program. Therefore, the City is no longer eligible to receive funding for the CORE Team through the LLEBG grant program.
Fortunately, with the adoption of the state budget, the City is still eligible to receive $100,000 in State grant funding provided under COPS program (AB 3229) in FY 04-05. Therefore, the CORE Team program can continue to be funded through a combination of a State grant, City General Fund and continued cost sharing with the other two cities in the Region (Rolling Hills and Rolling Hills Estates) based on a 60/30/10 cost sharing formula. The amount of City General fund money required to supplement the grant program will increase from $81,747 in FY 03-04 to $95,835 in FY 04-05, but because the total cost of the program is not changing, no budget adjustment is required in this case.
Restriction on the Use of Grant Funds
Use of the COPS funds is limited to the following activities:
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:
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. Although the City is no longer eligible for federal grant funding for this program, it will continue to receive state grant funding in FY 04-05. A public hearing must be held to satisfy the requirements of the state grant. This evening’s public hearing is in compliance with this requirement.
Assistant City Manager