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  ITEM 28.       
Meeting Date: 10/13/2020  
Submitted For: Chris Briggs
Department: Police  

Subject
RESOLUTION NO. R20-131
 
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-200809-01) 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 $103,000 FOR EQUIPMENT AND TRAINING FOR GLENDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT 2020 UASI RRT 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-200809-01 with the Arizona Department of Homeland Security (DOHS) and accept an Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Grant Program award in the approximate amount of $103,000 for Glendale Police Department 2020 UASI RRT 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 Rapid Response Team (Glendale RRT) consists of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) officers and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officers that have the capability to perform law enforcement functions in areas that have been compromised due to acts of terrorism, active shooter, and improvised explosive device incidents.  The Glendale RRT is a regional asset, which frequently crosses into neighboring jurisdictions and is quickly deployable.  The Glendale RRT regularly works with the cities of Avondale, Goodyear, Peoria, Phoenix, and Surprise, and works with all other valley jurisdictions during large scale specials events in an established regional working group concept. 

In January 2020, the Glendale Police Department submitted a UASI grant application for consideration to the Arizona DOHS with a program initiative of strengthening chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) materials detection, response and decontamination capabilities.  In September 2020, the Police Department was notified that the project titled “Glendale Police Department 2020 UASI RRT Sustainment” had been partially funded in the amount of $103,000.  The grant performance period is October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021, and if approved the grant funds will be used for equipment and training that will assist with sustaining the Glendale RRT, as well as enhancing the capabilities of the Glendale RRT when responding to all-hazards events.
Analysis
If Council approves the requested action, a portion of the grant funding will be utilized to purchase equipment necessary to protect the breathing and airways of Glendale RRT members in a CBRNE contaminated environment.  Grant funds will also be used to purchase tactical pole mounted search cameras enabling the Glendale RRT to remotely search and gain visual access to confined spaces and hard to access areas without jeopardizing safety.  Grant funds will also cover the cost associated with explosive breaching supplies, which will allow Glendale RRT members to gain quick and safe entry into a crisis situation when presented with difficult entry points.  The remaining grant funding will be used for SWAT and EOD registration fees to attend the Arizona Tactical Officer Association Training Conference, which provides tactical specific training. 

Without this grant, Glendale RRT sustainment (equipment and training) 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 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 190808-02 with the Arizona DOHS and accept a UASI Grant Program award in the approximate amount of $90,000 for the "Glendale Police 2019 UASI RRT Sustainment" Project.
Community Benefit/Public Involvement
In its ongoing commitment to protect the lives and property of the people it serves, the Glendale RRT responds to perform law enforcement functions in areas that have been compromised due to acts of terrorism, active shooters, improvised explosive device incidents, or natural disasters.  Grant funding allows for equipment and training that enhances the capabilities of the Glendale RRT to respond to all-hazards events and maintain safety in the City during times of crisis.
Attachments
R20-131
Agreement - AZDOHS 20-AZDOHS-HSGP-200809-01


    

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