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Meeting Date: 10/16/2014  

SUBJECT MATTER:
Receive, consider and act upon an Interlocal Agreement with Montgomery County for funding of two detectives to investigate crimes against children (Children's Safe Harbor Program);
FISCAL IMPACT:
The Board of Directors of the Township authorized the allocation for the calendar year 2015 of up to $112,000 for the purpose of assisting with the funding of one detective for the Montgomery County Constable, Precinct 3, and up to $115,000 for the purpose of assisting with the funding of  one detective for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, both of which are to be dedicated to and assigned cases involving crimes against children.  


BACKGROUND:
During the 2015 Budget process, the Board of Directors received and considered a request for funding assistance for (i) one detective for the operations of the Montgomery County Constable, Precinct 3, and (ii) one detective for the operations of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, both of which are to be dedicated to and assigned cases involving crimes against children. 

The Board authorized the allocation for the calendar year 2015 of up to $112,000 for the purpose of assisting with the funding of such personnel for the Montgomery County Constable, Precinct 3, (MCC3) and up to $115,000 for the purpose of assisting with the funding of such personnel for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, (MCSO) subject to the terms of a mutually satisfactory written agreement with the County.  A draft Interlocal has been prepared by Schwartz, Page and Harding LLP (Attachment A).  The draft agreement is subject to review and approval by Montgomery County.

The Agreement stipulates that the County and its respective law enforcement offices shall retain exclusive authority over the activities of the MCC3 Detective and the MCSO Detective; provided, however, the County will take appropriate action to ensure that cases assigned to the MCC3 Detective shall involve and be focused upon crimes against children originating or occurring within the boundaries of the Township, and cases assigned to the MCSO Detective shall involve and be focused upon crimes against children originating or occurring within the Montgomery County, with priority given to cases involving victims or perpetrators located within boundaries of the Township.

As a condition to the provision of such interim funding assistance by the Township, the County will be required to provide  a written monthly activity report of cases assigned to the MCC3 Detective and the MCSO Detective to the Township, including, without limitation: (i) reports of the number of warrants processed and served, (ii) identifying, where possible, those specific transactions or cases assigned or handled by the MCC3 Detective and the MCSO Detective, and (iii) providing the disposition of each case. In addition to the foregoing items, such reports shall indicate for each case assigned to and investigated by the MCSO Detective whether it originated within or is connected to the Township. In addition,  a quarterly accounting shall be provided to the Township by the Montgomery County Constable, Precinct 3 and the Montgomery County Sheriff of the use of any funds provided by the Township.
RECOMMENDATION:
Authorize the President/General Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement with Montgomery County for  Interim Funding of Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Montgomery County Constable, Precinct 3
(Law Enforcement Investigative Services - Crimes Against Children), upon final review and approval of legal counsel provided there are no substantive changes from the draft Interlocal provided herein.


 
Attachments
Atachment A - Interlocal Agreement Montgomery County Crimes Against Children


    

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