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AI- 6273   4. B. 2.    
Commissioners Court - Regular
Meeting Date: 05/13/2015  
Bulletproof Vest Program application
Submitted By: Natalie Eckstrom, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

Information
RECOMMENDATION
Discuss and consider submission of a grant application to the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) for the 2015 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. An e-mail was sent to several departments and responses were received from Constable’s Office Precinct 1 (3 vests), Constable’s Office Precinct 5 (13 vests) and Public Works’ Environmental Enforcement Division (1 vest). The total estimated cost for 17 vests at $660 each is $11,220, which would make the BVP award amount $5,610 (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 the cost of each vest by 50%. These funds can be contributed from their drug forfeiture fund or their departmental budget. The application will be submitted electronically through the BVP website.

Budget Information
Information about available funds
Budgeted: Funds Available: Adjustment: Amount Available:
Unbudgeted: Funds NOT Available: Amendment:
Account Code(s) for Available Funds
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Fund Transfers

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Bulletproof Vest Program application

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