00-0385R

RESOLUTION ACCEPTING A GRANT OF UP TO $50,000 FROM THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ASSET FORFEITURE FUND AS REIMBURSEMENT FOR DULUTH POLICE OVERTIME AND EQUIPMENT FOR THE PERIOD OF JULY 1, 1999, TO JUNE 30, 2000.

BY COUNCILOR STENBERG:

RESOLVED, that the city is hereby authorized to accept grant monies of up to $50,000 from the United States department of justice for expenditures related to the Central Hillside task force program.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to execute such agreements as necessary to implement the project on behalf of the police department.  All reimbursements are to be deposited in Duluth police grant programs, Fund 215, Police Department Agency 200, Organization 2448, Revenue Source 4210.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  The Central Hillside policing efforts are directed at combating robbery, drug and gang activity in Duluth's Central Hillside neighborhood.  In addition to coordinating intra-agency efforts of neighborhood officers, drug and gang units, this initiative will include joint law enforcement efforts between the Duluth police department, FBI, DEA, and the U.S. attorney's office for the Minnesota district.  The efforts of the task force will be directed toward identifying perpetrators of robbery, drug and gang activity through decoy operations, intensified enforcement and comprehensive, coordinated application of intelligence information.  Asset forfeiture funds are available only to areas recognized by the United States department of justice as official federal weed and seed sites.  The Central Hillside is an official federal weed and seed site.  These funds are made available to official weed and seed sites, receiving federal weed and seed grant monies, on a yearly basis.  It is up to the site to apply for the funds annually if they are interested in receiving the funds.  There is not a matching fund requirement to receive asset forfeiture funds.  This grant is from federal fiscal year 1999.  It is being processed at this time because the paperwork was late from other governmental agencies.