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File #: 3248-2019    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 12/5/2019 In control: Public Safety Committee
On agenda: 1/27/2020 Final action: 1/30/2020
Title: To authorize the Director of Public Safety of the City of Columbus to accept a subgrant award funding increase and award period extension to the FY18 STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Program Subgrant Award; to authorize Sgt. Richard Ketcham as the official City representative to continue to act in connection with the VAWA Subgrant; to authorize the appropriation of funds from the Division of Police's Seizure Fund and transfer to the General Grant Fund; to authorize additional appropriation from the unappropriated balance of the General Government Grant Fund to the Division of Police; and to declare an emergency. ($13,249.17)
Attachments: 1. Columbus Police Department_Award Modification, 2. 3248-2019 Funding String 01072020

BACKGROUND: The Federal Fiscal Year 2018 STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Program Subgrant Award (ORD 0679-2019) 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 has been fully expended. 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 Office of Justice Policy and Programs has recently re-allocated funding to increase the VAWA award and to extend the project period from December 31, 2019 to March 31, 2020. The original awarded amount of $28,524.92 to the City of Columbus has been increased by $9,936.87, to equal a modified total of $38,461.79. The Columbus Division of Police (CPD) will increase the original $1,501.26 required local cash match amount by $3,312.30, to equal a modified total of $4,813.56. Therefore, the original VAWA Project Total of $30,026.18 will be increased by $13,249.17, for a modified VAWA Project Total cost of $43,275.35.

The CPD Identifying and Managing High-Risk DV Offenders Project objective is to increase the knowledge level of the justice agencies participating in the group project to ensure the most swift and coordinated community response for victims of domestic violence. With this additional funding, CPD can continue its grant project collaboration with Franklin County Municipal Court, Department of Pretrial and Probation Services and Columbus City Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence Unit to further develop processes to better identify and manage high-risk domestic violence offenders as they move through probation services, through the extended grant effective period of March 31, 2020.

The Director of Public Safety is required to authorize accepta...

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