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  ITEM 21.       
Meeting Date: 10/13/2020  
Submitted For: Chris Briggs
Department: Police  

Subject
RESOLUTION NO. R20-124     
 
A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GLENDALE, MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA, AUTHORIZING THE ENTERING INTO OF A HIGHWAY SAFETY CONTRACT (NO. 2021-405b-003) WITH THE ARIZONA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF HIGHWAY SAFETY AND AUTHORIZING THE ACCEPTANCE AND EXPENDITURE OF THE GRANT AWARD IN THE APPROXIMATE AMOUNT OF $20,000 FOR PERSONNEL SERVICES AND EMPLOYEE RELATED EXPENSES FOR THE GLENDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT OCCUPANT PROTECTION ENFORCEMENT PROJECT.
Presented by: Chris Briggs, Police Chief
Purpose and Recommended Action
This is a request for City Council to waive reading beyond the title and adopt a resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into Highway Safety Contract 2021-405b-003 with the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) and accept Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2021 grant funding in the approximate amount of $20,000 for the Glendale Police Department Occupant Protection Enforcement Project.
Background
Since 1995, the Glendale Police Department has been receiving Arizona GOHS grant funds for use in the enforcement and investigation of traffic, seatbelt, and DUI violations and investigations, along with the purchase of equipment and training.  The Police Department submits highway safety project proposals annually to the Arizona GOHS for FFY funding.  The proposals are carefully considered by an evaluation team at the Arizona GOHS who reviews agency performance, program priority area, problem identification, supporting fiscal/data documentation, consistency of reporting, and available funding levels. 

In March 2020, the Glendale Police Department completed a law enforcement project grant application and submitted a proposal to the Arizona GOHS for FFY 2021 funding for the Occupant Protection Enforcement Project.  In August 2020, the Police Department was notified the review of proposals had been completed, funding would be awarded for the project, and a contract would be received soon.  In September 2020, Highway Safety Contract 2021-405b-003 was sent to the Police Department identifying a grant award in the amount of $20,000.  The grant period is October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021, and if approved the grant funds will be used to support personnel services and employee related expenses (overtime) to enhance occupant protection enforcement throughout the City of Glendale.
Analysis
If Council approves the requested action, the Police Department will utilize grant funding for occupant protection education to include the proper installation of child safety seats.  Overtime funding will allow for supplemental staffing to educate motor vehicle occupants regarding the importance of restraints, while also enforcing applicable traffic laws.  Officers and employees will again participate in the national "Click it or Ticket" campaign, as well as the state "Child Passenger Safety Week."  The Police Department recognizes the need for continued targeted enforcement efforts in this area in order to achieve voluntary compliance in the future.  The use of occupant restraints reduces the severity of injury and the likelihood of death in vehicle collisions.

Without these grant funds, the City would be responsible for the associated expenses for the project, or the project may be eliminated.  There is no financial match required for this grant and a specific project account will be set up in 2160, the City's grant fund, once the contract is fully executed.  Staff is requesting Council adopt the proposed resolution, and upon approval, also authorizes expenditure of the grant funds.  
Previous Related Council Action
On September 24, 2019, Council adopted a resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a Highway Safety Contract with the Arizona GOHS and accept grant funding in the approximate amount of $27,785 for the Occupant Protection Enforcement Project.  
Community Benefit/Public Involvement
In its ongoing commitment to protect the lives and property of the people it serves, the Police Department will continue to focus on changing driving behavior to encourage safety.  Grant funding provides an opportunity for proper vehicle restraint demonstration, education, and enforcement, in an effort to keep occupants traveling on City roadways safe.  
Attachments
R20-124
Contract - AZGOHS HSC 2021-405b-003


    

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