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| CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 23
Meeting Date: October 8, 2002
Subject/Title: Approve resolution authorizing the City of Brentwood to accept monies from the State COPS program
Submitted by: James Martinez, Lieutenant
Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager
Approve Resolution authorizing the City of Brentwood to accept $100,000 from the State COPS (Citizens Option for Public Safety) program, in order to fund frontline law enforcement needs, including personnel, equipment and programs necessary to meet those needs.
In October of 1996, City Council accepted $30,000 in State COPS funding.
In 1996 AB 3229 was enacted as part of the State budget, which allowed cities to receive State monies for public safety “front lines operations.” The City has since received funding every year from the State, through the Contra Costa Supplemental Law Enforcement Oversight Committee. To satisfy the requirement of AB 3229, a public hearing is required each year to discuss expenditure of those funds. This year the City of Brentwood will receive $100,000 through the State COPS program. The Police Department anticipates a large portion of this available funding will be used for the augmentation of the Department’s current Traffic Division. This will focus on the implementation of a commercial enforcement segment, for which we have historically relied on limited assistance from the California Highway Patrol.
Construction projects within our community alone have increased the number of heavy-duty commercial vehicles traveling on the roadway infrastructure. Large numbers of heavy-duty commercial traffic increase the potential for serious injury collisions and related property damage. In addition to Public Safety concerns, roadways are dramatically affected by this specific type of traffic. Commercial/truck route, load, equipment and weight violations, left unchecked, will in addition to increasing risk of injuries, cause the City to repair or replace roadways prematurely due to the severe damage inflicted by this unlawful use. Commercial enforcement needs are also magnified by the State Routes, which currently bisect our City.
Proactive enforcement by a Commercial Enforcement team will maximize our need for a zero-tolerance position regarding these Commercial violations, thus reducing the potential for major injury/fatal collisions, and increasing the longevity of roadway infrastructure. Specific expenditures would be in the area of enforcement vehicles, commercial enforcement equipment (ie; portable truck scales, height and equipment violation detection apparatus) and specialized training for unit-assigned officers.
Additional areas of potential expenditure would be focused in the area of equipment and training to maintain and enhance the Department’s ability to respond to potential emergency situations.
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD AUTHORIZING THE ACCEPTANCE OF $100,000 FROM THE STATE CITIZENS OPTION FOR PUBLIC SAFETY (COPS) PROGRAM, AND TO EXPEND THE FUNDS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT PURPOSES
WHEREAS, the State of California COPS program provides monies for funding frontline law enforcement needs; and
WHEREAS, the Contra Costa Supplemental Law Enforcement Oversight Committee has been charged with administering the money to local law enforcement agencies; and
WHEREAS, the City of Brentwood is eligible to receive $100,000 for the FY 02/03 budget, it is anticipated these funds will be used for frontline, proactive enforcement of commercial vehicle violations, as well as the maintenance and enhancement of the Brentwood Police Department’s ability to respond to emergency situations.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood authorizes acceptance and expenditure of the monies for the aforementioned purposes.
PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on October 8, 2002, by the following vote:
Michael A. McPoland, Sr.
Karen Diaz, CMC
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