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  ITEM 27.       
Meeting Date: 10/13/2020  
Submitted For: Chris Briggs
Department: Police  

Subject
RESOLUTION NO. R20-130
 
A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GLENDALE, MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA, AUTHORIZING THE ENTERING INTO OF A SUB-RECIPIENT AGREEMENT (NO. 20-AZDOHS-HSGP-200809-02) WITH THE ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND AUTHORIZING THE ACCEPTANCE AND EXPENDITURE OF THE URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE (UASI) GRANT AWARD IN THE APPROXIMATE AMOUNT OF $18,195 FOR EQUIPMENT AND TRAINING FOR GLENDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT 2020 UASI TLO SUSTAINMENT.
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 Sub-Recipient Agreement 20-AZDOHS-HSGP-200809-02 with the Arizona Department of Homeland Security (DOHS) and accept an Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Grant Program award in the approximate amount of $18,195 for Glendale Police Department 2020 UASI TLO Sustainment.
Background
Since 1999, the City of Glendale has been able to leverage city funds with grant funds to enhance first responder preparedness.  Grant funds have been used to purchase safety equipment to protect first responders, specialized equipment for technical operations, equipment to enhance communication efforts, preparedness training, and to enhance prevention and intervention programs.  The Glendale Police Department maintains a very active Terrorism Liaison Officer (Glendale TLO) program.  Glendale TLOs work closely with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, and across all jurisdictions to assist with a multitude of events, situations, and incidents.  Glendale TLOs work daily with TLOs from Avondale, Goodyear, Peoria, Phoenix, and Surprise Police Departments.  TLOs work to prevent, protect against, and respond to acts of terrorism, including active shooter and improvised explosive device (IED) threats. 
 
In February 2020, the Glendale Police Department submitted a UASI grant application for consideration to the Arizona DOHS with a program initiative of strengthening information sharing and collaboration capabilities.  In September 2020, the Police Department was notified that the project titled “Glendale Police Department 2020 UASI TLO Sustainment” had been partially funded in the amount of $18,195.  The grant performance period is October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021, and if approved the grant funds will be used for equipment that will assist with sustaining the Glendale TLO, as well as enhancing the capabilities of the Glendale TLO Program when responding to all-hazards events.
Analysis
If Council approves the requested action, a portion of the grant funding will be utilized to purchase a threat assessment database and software that provides a structured and evidence-based approach to conducting workplace and campus violence threat assessment used to prevent, identify and respond to potential terrorist acts or planned active violence.  Grant funds will also be used for the data service fees involved with ensuring communication capabilities during operations.  Grant funds will also cover the cost associated with a digital camera that Glendale TLOs will use to document threat assessments, infrastructure vulnerabilities, official duties and tasks.  The remaining grant funds will be used for laptop computers that provide Glendale TLOs a portable platform in which to conduct threat assessments, research information to prevent targeted violence, and gather intelligence.
 
Without this grant, Glendale TLO sustainment (equipment) would require funding through the Police Department's operating budget, which may create a hardship when prioritizing funding for projects based upon law enforcement needs and budget availability.  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 agreement is fully executed.  Staff is requesting Council adopt the proposed resolution, and upon approval, Council also authorizes expenditure of the grant funds.
Previous Related Council Action
On October 22, 2019, Council adopted a resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into Sub-Recipient Agreement 190808-01 with the Arizona DOHS and accept a UASI Grant Program award in the approximate amount of $12,195 for the "Glendale Police 2019 UASI TLO Sustainment" Project. 
Community Benefit/Public Involvement
In its ongoing commitment to protect the lives and property of the people it serves, the Glendale TLOs work to prevent, protect against, and respond to acts of terrorism to include active shooter and IED threats.  Grant funding allows for equipment and training that enhances the capabilities the Glendale TLOs to respond to all-hazards events and maintain safety in the City during times of crisis.
Attachments
R20-130
Agreement - AZDOHS 20-AZDOHS-HSGP-200809-02


    

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