City of Santa Monica
California

Staff Report
4015

Authorization to Accept the 2019 Justice Assistance Grants for implementation of the JAG Project to Impact Crime and Keep Neighborhoods Safe

Information

Department:Police DepartmentSponsors:
Category:03. Consent Calendar

Recommended Action

Recommended Action
Staff recommends that the City Council:

1.     Authorize the City Manager to accept a grant award in the amount of $38,063 from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) for implementation of the JAG 2019 Project to Impact Crime and Keep Neighborhoods Safe;

2.     Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to accept the grant; and

3.     Authorize budget changes as outlined in the Financial Impacts & Budget Actions section of the report.

Staff Report Body

Summary

To reduce crime and keep neighborhoods safe, the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) utilizes a variety of public safety and quality of life strategies, including the use of focused operations that are supported by both sworn officers and civilian staff. In order to prevent a reduction in routine service responses and to maintain the quality of regular service, these supplemental crime impact efforts are staffed using personnel on overtime. To supplement funding for overtime costs to support these activities, the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) has been awarded a grant of $38,063 under the 2019 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG), which is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). This grant would directly address crime and help Santa Monica achieve results in the Framework Priority of “Keeping Neighborhoods Safe” from the City’s Framework for a Sustainable City for Wellbeing.

 

Discussion

The JAG program is a formula grant that provides funding to support a range of program areas including law enforcement. Formula allocations are awarded by the DOJ to each State and then to local jurisdictions based on population and crime statistics. Santa Monica has been an annual recipient of varying amounts of Justice Department grant funds for the past ten years. Past projects supported by this funding have included interoperable communications equipment, funding of overtime for crime control operations, funding for certified crime lab services, and funding for DNA forensic testing.

 

With the increasing number of visitors to the City, SMPD plans to leverage 2019 JAG funds to fund additional overtime operations that will address identified public safety challenges. This is consistent with Council’s identified Framework Priority of Keeping Neighborhoods Safe. Without the additional funds from JAG, the opportunity to run focused operations targeting specific issues and concerns is reduced.  SMPD would use the funds to plan crime control operations that specifically target priority crimes and public safety issues and quickly respond to unplanned neighborhood crime and public safety concerns.  Collectively, these strategies meet unfunded needs and will serve to improve quality of life by reducing area crime and social disorder while also providing an opportunity to expand community-police partnerships.

 

Past Council Actions

Meeting Date

Description

4/23/2019 (Attachment A)

Accept JAG 2017 and 2018 Grant Awards $59,643

10/25/2016 (Attachment B)

Accept JAG 2016 Grant Award $28,199

 

Financial Impacts and Budget Actions

Staff seeks authority to accept a grant from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG), which is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

 

FY 2019 - 20 Grant Budget Changes

Establish Revenue Budget

Appropriate Funds

Account Number(s)

Amount

Account Number(s)

Amount

20180001.40426C

$38,063

20180001.55547C.80105

$38,063

Total

$38,063

Total

$38,063

 

If renewals are awarded, budget changes will be included in subsequent year budgets, contingent on Council budget approval.