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AI- 3494   4. B. 2.    
Commissioners Court - Regular
Meeting Date: 07/11/2012  
FY2012 Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Application
Submitted By: Maria Medrano, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

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RECOMMENDATION
Discuss and consider ratifying the submission of a grant application to the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) for the 2012 Bulletproof Vests Partnership program.
BACKGROUND
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) offers funding through the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) grant program. The purpose of the BVP is to provide funds to units of local government to equip their law enforcement officers with armor vests to safeguard their lives. The BVP has developed a web site to assist local governments to obtain these vests using an electronic application for funding and request for payment process.
DISCUSSION
Nueces County has participated in this program in previous years. However, beginning with the FY2011 program year, BVP required all law enforcement agencies benefitting from this program to have a mandatory wear policy in effect at time of application. The policy states that if a uniformed officer has been issued a vest purchased through the BVP program, then he/she will be required to wear it while on all patrolling duties. The Constable’s Office Precinct 5 has implemented such a policy and expressed an interest in participating in the program (10 vests). The Department of Public Works also expressed a need for one vest and is not required to implement such a policy since they do not conduct patrolling duties.

Therefore, an application for 11 vests was submitted on June 27, 2012. The total estimated cost for 11 vests at $660 each is $7,260, which would make the BVP award amount $3,630 (if approved).

The program is designed as a 50%/50% matching grant. If awarded, any department ordering a vest through the BVP program must commit to matching each vest by 50%. These funds can be contributed from their drug forfeiture fund or their departmental budget.

Budget Information
Information about available funds
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Attachments
FY2012 Grant Application

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