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File #: 1981-2018    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 7/3/2018 In control: Public Safety Committee
On agenda: 7/23/2018 Final action: 7/25/2018
Title: To authorize and direct the Director of Public Safety of the City of Columbus to accept a subgrantee award through the FY17 STOP Violence Against Women Act Grant (VAWA) program from the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women and the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services via the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, Office of Justice Policy and Programs; to authorize Sgt. Richard Ketcham as the official City representative to act in connection with the VAWA subgrant; to authorize a transfer of $1,967.83 from the Seizure Fund to the General Government Grant Fund; to authorize an appropriation of $23,072.42 from the unappropriated balance of the General Government Grant Fund to the Division of Police to cover the overtime and travel costs associated with the Identifying and Managing High-Risk DV Offenders Project; and to declare an emergency. ($23,072.42)
Attachments: 1. 1981-2018 Funding String, 2. FY17 VAWA Fully-executed agreement recvd 6.28.18
Explanation

BACKGROUND: The City of Columbus has been awarded a Federal Fiscal Year 2017 STOP Violence Against Women Act Subgrant Award from the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women and the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services via the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, Office of Justice Policy and Programs. The VAWA program provides funding to allow states and local governments to support a broad range of activities to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking by strengthening services to victims and holding offenders accountable. The total FY17 VAWA subgrant award amount to the City of Columbus is $21,104.59. The Columbus Division of Police (CPD) will provide $1,967.83 as a partial 8.5% cash match. The Franklin County Office of Justice Policy and Programs will provide the balance to meet the subgrant’s 25% match requirement. The total project costs will be $23,072.42.

CPD is working on a pilot project with Franklin County Probation Services and Columbus City Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence Unit (justice agencies) to expand collaborative efforts to better identify and manage high-risk domestic violence offenders as they move through probation services. The Identifying and Managing High-Risk DV Offenders Project objective is to increase the knowledge level of the justice agencies participating in the group pilot project to ensure a swift and coordinated community response for victims of domestic violence. To this end, FY17 VAWA subgrant funds will cover city CPD overtime, and travel reimbursements to city CPD and Franklin County Probation Services personnel.

The City must act as subgrantee to the Franklin County Office of Justice Policy and Programs. Therefore, the Director of Public Safety is required to sign a subgrantee award on behalf of the City. The official City program contact authorized to act in connection with the Identifying and Managing High-Risk DV Offenders Project is Speci...

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