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AI-11660 4.B.3.       
Meeting Date: 02/12/2020  
Rifle Resistant Body Armor Grant Application
Submitted By: Maria Medrano, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

Adopt a resolution authorizing the submission of an application to the Texas Office of the Governor, Public Safety Office, Criminal Justice Division for the Nueces County Rifle-Resistant Body Armor Project. 
The goal of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD) is to provide needed funding to improve public safety and support victims of crime by filling system gaps and promoting innovative solutions to common problems. In 2017, in response to the July 7th, 2016, shooting of numerous police officers in Dallas, Texas, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed Senate Bill 12, which created a grant program within the governor’s office to increase the safety of Texas’ law enforcement officers by assisting agencies in the purchase of rifle-resistant body armor. CJD is now accepting applications for projects under this program.
On January 17, 2018, the Commissioners Court accepted a grant award in the amount of $55,730 with no match required.  A total of 98 vests were purchased and were distributed as follows according to the orders submitted by the departments:  Sheriff’s Office – 50; Constable Pct. 1 – 11; Constable Pct. 2 – 9 with 15 additional for reserve officers; Constable Pct. 5 – 11; and Public Works’ Environmental Enforcement – 2.
The District Attorney’s Office has expressed a need for rifle resistant body armor for its investigators so an application is currently being prepared on their behalf.  The Grants Administration Office has also sent an email to Constables Precinct 3 and 4 to see if they are interested in being included in the application.  The final application amount is not determined at this time, but the total will depend on the number of vests.  There is no match required for this program. 

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