October 4, 2010

San Leandro Receives Grant to Fund Five Cops for Three Years

SL_police_logo.png On September 30, 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that the City of San Leandro would receive an estimated grant of $2,417,175 to fund five police officers for three years. The recipients are required to fund the positions for a fourth year. The grant was made under the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), which "advances the practice of community policing" by "making grants to police departments around the United States."

In 2009, the City of San Leandro was unsuccessful in its application for a COPS grant to fund six police officer positions. Oakland and Hayward were among nearby cities receiving a portion of the nearly $1 billion in COPS grants.

According to the City's COPS grant application, the City plans to fund the fourth year of these police officer positions from general funds and by raising a "bond/tax issue." The application lists the cost of the positions in the first year at $151,550 per officer ($78,075 in salary plus $73,475 in benefits), second year at $161,399 per officer ($82,782 in salary plus $78,617 in benefits) and the third year at $170,486 per officer ($86,938 in salary plus $83,548 in benefits).

This year, 27 COPS grants were awarded to California jurisdictions out of the 200 jurisdictions that applied. According to the US Department of Justice website, "The COPS Office employed a very similar methodology as in fiscal year 2009 and determined that fiscal health factors would account for 50% of the total score and reported crime and planned community policing activities would also account for 50% of the final score. In this manner, the COPS Office evenly valued the importance of fiscal distress against reported crime and community policing strategies."

The City of San Leandro's score ranked 24th among the 200 applicants from California according to the applicant rankings. Each of the 23 jurisdictions with a higher score received a COPS grant. Three lower scoring jurisdictions also received COPS grants, including two tribal applicants. All tribal applicants received COPS grants regardless of their score.

In a press release about the COPS grant, the City of San Leandro noted that although the COPS grant would fund five new police positions, the City will eliminate seven police officers if Measure Z fails to pass. Measure Z is a 0.25% increase in the sales tax that will appear on the November 2, 2010 ballot.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at October 4, 2010 7:36 AM | TrackBack
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