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File #: 1789-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 7/20/2020 In control: Public Safety Committee
On agenda: 9/14/2020 Final action: 9/17/2020
Title: To authorize and direct the Mayor of the City of Columbus, on behalf of the Department of Public Safety, Division of Police, to accept a subgrantee award through the FY2019 Paul Coverdell National Forensic Science Improvement Act via the State of Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services; to authorize Angela Farrington and Amy Amstutz, Crime Lab Supervisors, as the official city representatives to act in connection with the subgrant; to authorize an appropriation of $58,050.77 from the unappropriated balance of the General Government Grant Fund to the Division of Police to cover the costs of the subgrant project; and to declare an emergency. ($58,050.77)
Attachments: 1. FY19 Coverdell Award Letter and Signed Award Agreement, 2. Funding String - FY19 Coverdell, 3. Legislation Report, 4. Legislation Report, 5. Signature Copy
Explanation

BACKGROUND: The Division of Police has been awarded a FY2019 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Act grant in the amount of $58,050.77. This is a federal grant program from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice. The Division of Police has been awarded a Forensic Science Improvement Act grant annually since 2003 to fund forensic lab personnel training, lab equipment purchases, and overtime costs to process casework. The City must be a subgrantee to the State of Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services to participate in this program according to the federal grant guidelines. Therefore, the Mayor is required to sign a subgrantee award to accept this grant on behalf of the City. The official City contacts authorized to act in connection with this grant are Crime Lab Supervisors, Angela Farrington and Amy Amstutz. The grant program provides funds to improve forensic crime lab activities. This FY2019 award will fund equipment, supplies, and training and travel costs for forensic lab personnel to attend new and/or updated forensic training.

Emergency Designation: Emergency legislation is necessary to make the funds available as soon as possible for the grant award, effective as of January 1, 2020.

FISCAL IMPACT: This ordinance authorizes the acceptance and appropriation of a grant in the amount of $58,050.77 from the Federal government to fund equipment, supplies, and training and travel costs for the City's Crime Lab personnel. The City was awarded Forensic Science Improvement Act grant funds in the amount of $25,023.65 in 2016, $22,888.05 in 2017 and $60,271.73 in 2018. All funds appropriated are reimbursable from the grant award.

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To authorize and direct the Mayor of the City of Columbus, on behalf of the Department of Public Safety, Division of Police, to accept a subgrantee award through the FY2019 Paul Coverdell National Forensic Science Improvement Act via the State o...

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