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TO: MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL
FROM: ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER
DATE: DECEMBER 7, 2004
SUBJECT: CLEEP FUND EXPENDITURE REQUEST FOR THE OFF-ROAD MOTORCYCLE ENFORCMENT TEAM
Approve the recommendation from the Regional Law Enforcement Committee for CLEEP (California Law Enforcement Equipment Program) grant fund expenditures requested by the Lomita Sheriff’s Station to equip the new Off-Road Motorcycle Enforcement Team.
In January 2003, two deputies from the Lomita Sheriff’s Station conceived the idea of creating an off-road motorcycle team at the station. The primary purpose of the team would be to patrol the hundreds of acres of open land, coastal bluffs and miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails within the Lomita Station’s jurisdiction. Although the Sheriff’s Posse has been used to patrol the beach areas on horseback during summer holiday weekends, the Lomita Station did not have the resources to regularly patrol the other open areas due to their sheer size, lack of paved roads and rugged terrain. In addition to being able to easily access the more remote areas in the region, the team will be able to act as first responders during an emergency or disaster, search and rescue efforts and criminal investigations. Further, although the motorcycles are primarily intended for off-road applications, they are also street legal and can be used for specialized enforcement activities, such as combating the motorcycle-racing problem on the Palos Verdes Drive East Switchbacks.
The Off-Road Motorcycle Enforcement Team became a reality earlier this year when American Honda Motor Company in Torrance generously donated two off-road motorcycles to the Lomita Sheriff’s Station. With this generous donation, Captain Zuanich put together a team consisting of one sergeant and five deputies. The team is balanced with two patrol deputies, two CORE deputies and one reserve deputy. The CORE deputies and the reserve deputy work flexible hours, which will be advantageous to fulfilling the team’s mission. So far, two of the team members have completed the 80-hour off-road motorcycle training course provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The other team members are scheduled to receive their training in the near future.
American Honda’s donation of the two off-road motorcycles is valued at $11,000. In addition, American Honda equipped both motorcycles with the mandatory emergency lights and siren, as well as paid for six the team members’ boots and gloves. These additional items have a value of approximately $3,420. The company has also agreed to provide all the necessary maintenance, servicing and repairs for the two motorcycles. However, the Off-Road Motorcycle Enforcement Team needs additional mandated equipment before it can become fully operational. The total amount of funding needed is $4,781.26. The following is a list of the requested items:
On November 18, 2004, the Regional Law Enforcement Committee considered a request from the Sheriff’s Department for an expenditure of CLEEP funds (see attached) to equip the new Off-Road Motorcycle Enforcement Team. Councilman Wolowicz and Councilman Stern serve as the City’s representatives to the Committee. CLEEP funds were provided to each city by the state over a two-year period for the purchase of high technology equipment to reduce crime and improve law enforcement. The City currently has $48,700 remaining in our CLEEP fund. The Committee unanimously voted to recommend to their respective City Councils approval of the requested CLEEP fund expenditure.
The total cost of these three items is $4,781.26. The Regional Law Enforcement Committee has recommended the same cost sharing formula of 60/30/10 percent that is applied to other regional law enforcement services. Under this formula, Rancho Palos Verdes’ share would be $2,868.76. The current unreserved balance in the CLEEP fund is $48,700. No expenditure from the General fund would be required.
Assistant City Manager