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City Council Report

         

 City Council Meeting: March 25, 2014

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Agenda Item: 3-A

To:               Mayor and City Council 

From:           Scott Ferguson, Fire Chief

Jacqueline Seabrooks, Chief of Police

 

Subject:        Acceptance of 2013 Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Grant Funds

  

Recommended Action

Staff recommends that the City Council:

 

    1) Authorize the City Manager to accept a grant award in the amount of $799,076 from the 2013 Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) to purchase equipment and training that supports regional homeland security goals.

 

    2) Authorize the budget changes outlined in the Financial Impact and Budget Actions section of this report.

 

 

Executive Summary

In 2013, $799,076 was awarded to the City of Santa Monica Police and Fire Departments as a part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency’s UASI grant. Funds were requested to purchase equipment and training that supports regional homeland security goals, specifically an automated license plate reading system for the Police Department, terrorism liaison officer training, hazardous material (HazMat) training and equipment, urban search and rescue (USAR) training and equipment and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) training and equipment for the Fire Department.

 

Discussion

The UASI program focuses on enhancing regional preparedness in major metropolitan areas. The UASI program directly supports the national priority of expanding regional collaboration within the national preparedness guidelines and is intended to assist participating jurisdictions in developing integrated regional systems for prevention, protection, response, and recovery from natural or man-made disasters.

The UASI grant program was created to support large, “core” cities and those other cities with contiguous borders to the core city. The UASI grant program is 100% federally funded from the Department of Homeland Security to the State of California.  The City of Los Angeles acts as the core city for the UASI grant and allots funds to the City of Santa Monica.

 

The City of Santa Monica has directly received over $4.0 million of Department of Homeland Security no-match grant funds since 2001. These funds have purchased necessary equipment, supplies, and training in direct support of overall regional goals to promote effective information gathering, sharing, and response to threats and/or acts of terrorism. 

 

The Police Department would use $47,000 of the $799,076 UASI 2013 grant to purchase automated license plate readers (ALPR), which is an expansion of the department’s current ALPR system.  ALPR is utilized to capture images of all license plates that come into view of cameras and query criminal databases to compare the scanned license plates with those entered in the databases as stolen or wanted. The Fire Department would use the remaining $752,076 to fund terrorism liaison officer training, hazardous material (HazMat) training and equipment, urban search and rescue (USAR) training and equipment, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) training and equipment, and funds to purchase training props and equipment which support regional homeland security goals.

 

Financial Impacts & Budget Actions

Award of $799,076 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, requires the following FY 2013-14 budget changes to reflect receipt of the 2013 Urban Security Initiative (UASI) grant.

 

Establish revenue budgets as follows:

20304.406799         $        47,000

20312.406799         $        752,076

                              $        799,076

 

Appropriate operating expenditures as follows:

20304.555399         $        47,000

20312.555399         $        752,076

                              $        799,076

 

Prepared by: Terese Toomey, Principal Administrative Analyst

 

Approved:

 

Forwarded to Council:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Ferguson

Fire Chief

 

Rod Gould

City Manager

 

Approved:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacqueline Seabrooks

Chief of Police