COPS: Council approves SPPD grant spending plan including leftover funds
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: September 20, 2013
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula Times
Without comment the City Council approved the annual Citizen Options for Public Safety (COPS) grant, $100,000 in funding plus unexpended grant money left over from last year that is more than 40 percent of the new allocation.
The council approved the spending plan without questioning the report at the September 16 meeting.
Police Chief Steve McLean told the council the funds would be “spread out over six areas,” that include the continued operations of Las Piedras Park Community Policing Building, firearms training, part-time records and evidence management personnel, equipment/technology and upgrades/renovations to the police station.
According to the written report in fiscal year 2013-2014 the Community Policing Building will be allocated $4,200.
Firearms training - which covers year-round training in firearms, officer safety tactics and the use of less-lethal weapons - the allocation was $11,400, but the program has an additional $18,226 carry over from Fiscal Year 2012-2013.
In records unit the report noted that two part-time clerks - holding the title of Community Service Officer assigned to the unit under the grant to support file maintenance, assist the public and other related tasks - is allocated $30,306, with an additional $2,920 carried over from last year.
Evidence management - one part-time employee also holding the title of Community Service Officer - was allocated $15,418 to continue to support evidence and property management.
The South 10th Street Police Station, a facility that McLean’s report noted is more than 52 years old: “Improvements and upgrades are drastically needed to maintain a day-to-day use and operation of the facility. Additionally, these funds will be used by patrol, investigations and training,” that will be funded with the $28,676 allocation. There is also a fund carry over from fiscal year 2012-2013 of $20,676.
Equipment and technology for patrol and investigation units was allocated the remaining $10,000 of the annual state grant.