August 15, 2005                                                                                       ITEM # 5a

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Item Title:      Sheriff's Office Budget Revision for 2005 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant

 

Specific Action Requested:

That the Board of Commissioners amends the Sheriff's Office budget in the amount of $168,215 for a Justice Assistance Grant.

 

Item Summary:

The Office of Justice Programs of the US Department of Justice offers funding opportunities by awarding formula grants to support law enforcement activities in state and local jurisdictions and to implement programs that improve the criminal justice system. The 2005 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant is a formula grant program that replaces the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant program in which Wake County has participated previously.

 

The Wake County Sheriff's Office and the Raleigh Police Department jointly applied for the 2005 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant on March 24, 2005. The total grant allocation of $305,846 has been divided between the two agencies by a disparate agreement providing Wake County $137,613 and the Raleigh Police Department $168,215. There is no match requirement for this grant.

 

The Wake County Sheriff's office will use these grant funds to purchase equipment that will be used by the Criminal Investigations and Patrol Divisions of the Office. The Raleigh Police Department will use this grant to fund a Criminal Nuisance Abatement Project. The project's purpose is to address crime in a concentrated effort targeting spikes in crime in specific geographic areas. The project is enforcement oriented and arrests will be made when appropriate; therefore, grant funds are to be used for funding of overtime necessary to implement each phase.

 

The City of Raleigh and Wake County have signed an Interlocal Agreement that outlines each party's participation in and responsibilities under this grant. Pursuant to this agreement, Wake County, as the lead agency, will receive the proceeds of the grant. The City's allocation will pass through the county.

 

The County's portion of this grant is already included in the FY 2006 budget. The City's portion of the grant, to be encumbered and processed as a pass-through, needs to be included in the County budget.

 

 

Attachments:

1.      Budget memo

2.      Agreement