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AI-13005 2.G.       
Meeting Date: 01/20/2021  
FY2022 Criminal Justice Program Application
Submitted By: Natalie Eckstrom, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

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RECOMMENDATION
Adopt a resolution authorizing the submission of a grant application to the Texas Office of the Governor, Public Safety Office, Criminal Justice Division for the Nueces County Law Enforcement In-Car System Upgrades, Phase III Project.
BACKGROUND
The Criminal Justice Division (CJD) of the Governor’s Office solicited competitive applications for projects that reduce crime and improve the criminal justice system.   Federal funds are authorized under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) for CJD’s FY2021 Criminal Justice Program.

On September 4, 2013, the Commissioners Court accepted a grant award under this CJD program for the Public Safety Project in the amount of $44,718. On October 8, 2014, the Commissioners Court accepted a second grant award in the amount of $37,235.50. On September 28, 2016, the Court ratified the acceptance of a third award for $20,535.30.  These grants covered equipment and technology needs of several County departments.  On September 13, 2017, the County accepted another grant award for the purchase of a narcotics K-9 for Constable Pct. 5.  On March 27, 2019, the Court ratified the acceptance of a grant award in the amount of $41,652.49 for law enforcement equipment.  
DISCUSSION
On October 30, 2019, the Commissioners Court accepted a grant award in the amount of $68,634.92, with no match required, for the Nueces County Law Enforcement In-Car System Upgrades, Phase I project.  The County is in the process of updating the in-car systems for all law enforcement vehicles.  The current systems are outdated (some over 10 years old) and out of warranty.  The upgrades would include new laptops, docking stations, mounting equipment, and mobile routers.  The purpose of the project is to enhance connectivity of all in-vehicle applications for our first responders, improve communication between County law enforcement and MetroCom dispatch services, and provide real-time GPS tracking of our law enforcement vehicles.  The previous grant award equipped 18 law enforcement vehicles.

On November 4, 2020, agenda item #2.S., the Commissioners Court accepted a grant award for Phase II.  The grant award totals $39,600 (no match required) to equip another 10 law enforcement vehicles.  

At the time of the submission of this agenda item, the Grants Administration Department is working with the Purchasing Department on a potential project scope.  The application is due on February 11, 2021 and there is no match required.  

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Criminal Justice Program Resolution


    

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