This report requests the Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee recommend City Council approval to apply for, accept and enter into grant contracts for Fiscal Year 2019 funding administered by the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), which includes funding from the DUI Abatement Council. THIS ITEM IS FOR CONSENT ACTION.
This report requests the Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee recommend approval to City Council for the Police Department to enter into various agreements with the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for up to 2,500,000.00 in funding through the 2018-2019 High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). THIS ITEM IS FOR CONSENT ACTION
This report responds to a request from the Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee for information on the estimated costs and resources that would be required if the City staffed the Phoenix Fire Department at a ratio of 1.0 first responder firefighters per 1,000 residents. THIS ITEM IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY
Sergeant Lewis stated the Phoenix Police Department began their involvement with Next Door in 2014. He explained the private social network was designed for groups of people within geographic ranges to share information on topics affecting them or their community such as items for sale, yard sales, community events, and public safety. He stated the Phoenix Police Department had a Public Safety account with one-way messaging able to
Assistant Chief Tovar spoke about the creative ways the department was using Nextdoor and stated they were still learning how to maximize their communication efforts. He agreed there was an opportunity to raise awareness on how to use Nextdoor effectively which could potentially be done through the Community Action Officers in each precinct.
Mr. Santana discussed the Transit Homeless Outreach team developed as part of the Community Bridges, Inc. team. He stated the outreach team includes two staff members working 40 hours a week with flexible hours so they could be deployed as needed when situations arose. He commented on the certified, trained professionals able to engage with individuals and connect them with services. He stated the funding required of the program was 125,000 annually which they were able to pay for with savings they gained in modifications of their private security contracts. He spoke about the high level coordination required between Valley Metro, the Police department and the Homeless Outreach team that made the services possible.
Chairman Nowakowski reemphasized the importance of community education and outreach, beyond posting the code online as not all people had access to the internet. He stated work needed to be done on engaging the public and Council. He discussed the Phoenix C.A.R.E.S. program being a step in the right direction in helping combat the issue of homelessness. Councilwoman Williams asked for Mr. Santana to work with Ms. Ruiz to provide a monthly incident report to the subcommittee also including statistics from the Police department and any related contractors. She stated she would also like him to assist in crafting a public awareness plan. Mr. Santana agreed.
Chief Grane discussed use cases from an operational support standpoint. He highlighted how drones could be beneficial in fighting fires from a strategic level providing good oversight for the command team. He discussed technical rescue incidents with drones able to provide situational awareness as well as quick payloads. He spoke about drone usage in hazardous material incidents reducing the level of risk and exposure as well as in mitigation and stabilization efforts. He discussed how drones could provide tactical advantages in mass casualty incidents, more efficient and safe responses in unplanned events and greater security in special major planned events.
Agenda Date: 2/14/2018, Item No. 2 Request to Apply for and Accept 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) This report requests the Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee recommend City Council approval to enter into an agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program to accept grant funds in the amount of 36,263. The funds, if awarded, will be used to purchase 1,200 Name Panels for firefighter turnout jackets. A 15 match (in the amount of 5,439) is required from the City of Phoenix. THIS ITEM IS FOR CONSENT ACTION. Summary The purpose of the AFG Grant Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to fire departments. Name Panels are constructed from the same fire-resistant materials that are used in firefighter turnout jackets. Each firefighter will receive a Name Panel with their name displayed in large, reflective lettering and subsequently attached to the tail of their turnout jacket. Name Panels provide a means for better recognizing individual firefighters who are operating in heavy smoke conditions at a structure fire. The reflective properties enhance fireground accountability and ultimately improve firefighter safety. Procurement The Fire Department will administer the grant in accordance with Administrative Regulation 3.10.
Agenda Date: 2/14/2018, Item No. 3 Authorization to Enter into an Agreement with the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board for Reimbursement of Basic Training Costs This report requests the Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee recommend City Council approval for the Police Department to enter into an agreement with the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST) to accept funds for the reimbursement of basic training costs in an amount not to exceed 200,000. THIS ITEM IS FOR CONSENT ACTION Summary The purpose of this agreement is to provide continuity of basic training during the transition from the former Arizona Law Enforcement Academy (ALEA) to other, yet to be determined agreements throughout the state.
Agenda Date: 2/14/2018, Item No. 4 Authorization to Apply for, Accept, and Enter Into Agreements for the 2019 Governor's Office of Highway Safety Grants This report requests the Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee recommend City Council approval to apply for, accept and enter into grant contracts for Fiscal Year 2019 funding administered by the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), which includes funding from the DUI Abatement Council. THIS ITEM IS FOR CONSENT ACTION. Summary GOHS announced the availability of funding on Jan. 22, 2018. Grant proposals are due by March 2, 2018. These funds will be used to support new traffic safety programs and enhance existing programs in the City Prosecutor's Office, Street Transportation, and the Fire and Police Departments. The total citywide request for funding is 1,935,000.00.
The TSRP program will continue its four primary objectives: - Provide training for prosecutors and law enforcement officers in the prosecution of traffic safety related crimes. - Act as a resource for questions about traffic laws and trial advocacy. - Improve communication between prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and members of the judiciary. - Act as a liaison for individuals and agencies committed to the enforcement and prosecution of traffic safety related crimes.
prosecutors across Arizona. The TSRP is a resource to both small and large jurisdictions for legal issues related to the enforcement of DUI and traffic laws. During the latest grant period, the TSRP provided training to approximately 6,000 prosecutors, law enforcement officers, crime lab personnel, interns and community groups. Additionally, Arizona's TSRP is a state and nationwide resource as demonstrated by the more than 1,500 requests for assistance from prosecutors, law enforcement officers and crime lab personnel that were received. It is anticipated that a portion of TSRP expenses may need to be covered by City general funds.
awareness, traffic awareness and skills necessary for young pedestrians and bicyclists ( 40,000.00). This program provides bike rodeos for young cyclists, bike and pedestrian school safety assemblies and public education opportunities at community safety fairs and events.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program: This request, through the Traffic Education Safety Unit, is for training, materials, supplies, overtime and related fringe benefits associated with education and enforcement campaigns designed to increase safety awareness, traffic law knowledge and skills among pedestrians and bicyclists ( 200,000.00).
The Traffic Bureau will seek funding from the DUI Abatement Council for overtime and related fringe benefits associated with DUI enforcement and innovative Know Your Limit programs ( 200,000.00). Contract Term
Agenda Date: 2/14/2018, Item No. 5 Authorization to Apply for, Accept, and Enter into Agreements for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Grant Funds This report requests the Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee recommend approval to City Council for the Police Department to enter into various agreements with the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for up to 2,500,000.00 in funding through the 2018-2019 High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). THIS ITEM IS FOR CONSENT ACTION
Agenda Date: 2/14/2018, Item No. 6 Fire Department Hiring This report responds to a request from the Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee for information on the estimated costs and resources that would be required if the City staffed the Phoenix Fire Department at a ratio of 1.0 first responder firefighters per 1,000 residents. THIS ITEM IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY
ongoing resources. However, due to the rising costs of each sworn position, mostly attributable to pension, the number of sustainable positions may need to be lowered in the future if additional resources are not identified. The 1,615 sworn target represents a sworn to resident ratio of 1.0 positions to every 1,000 residents and includes all sworn personnel. According to Fire, the ratio should exclude all secondary support personnel, which consists of 138 ambulance rescue positions, since they are not considered primary response support, or first responders. If this is taken into consideration, the number of sworn positions would need to be increased to 1,753, or an increase of the 138 secondary responders, to achieve the 1:1,000 first responder to resident ratio. Estimated Costs To determine the total estimated costs to increase the sworn count by 138 positions, staff also considered ancillary costs that would be required to support this increase. Those costs include: 28 civilian positions (based on the current authorized sworn to civilian ratio), five new apparatus, related equipment, and ongoing maintenance. The number of stations is currently sufficient to accommodate the increase in staff with the addition of Fire Station 55 located at I-17 and Jomax. Additional stations will be required in the future as population grows to maintain the 1:1,000 first responder to resident ratio. The total estimated cost is 30M and includes 4M in one-time expenses for the purchase of new apparatus and equipment, and 26M for ongoing expenses related to the costs of both sworn and civilian positions. This estimate includes 24M for sworn positions, 2.9M for civilian positions and 3.2M for the purchase of five apparatus, related equipment and ongoing maintenance expenses. The Fire Department provided the cost estimates for purchasing new apparatus and equipment. The personnel expenses were based on the most recent Budget Research Department Salary and Benefit Projection Report for FY 2018-19 using an average cost for positions and does not account for future wage or benefit increases or any changes to compensation as a result of future labor negotiations.
taxes to generate the funds necessary to provide, maintain and enhance the service demands of the community. City sales taxes represent the largest category of FY 2017 -18 General Fund revenues at approximately 38 percent. Local sales taxes consist of 14 categories that provide General Fund resources, with the majority of categories at a rate of 2.3 percent. The temporary food for home consumption tax was approved by the City Council in February 2010 as a means to provide additional resources due to the recession. The food tax was implemented at a rate of 2.0 percent and was decreased to 1.0 percent before expiring in March 2015. Every 0.1 percent of sales tax raises approximately 29 million and every 1 percent food tax raises approximately 26 million. Therefore, to cover expenses associated with hiring additional sworn staff to reach a first responder to resident ratio of 1:1,000 and generate roughly 30M, it would require a rate increase of approximately 0.1 percent city sales tax or a 1.2 percent food tax, or some combination. The required sales tax rate increases were determined based on actual prior year sales tax receipts.
Agenda Date: 2/14/2018, Item No. 7 Intergovernmental Agreement for a Communications Systems Strategic Alliance This report provides information to the Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee regarding an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the City of Phoenix on behalf of the Regional Wireless Cooperative (RWC) and the City of Mesa on behalf of the Topaz Regional Wireless Cooperative (TRWC), to collaborate concerning delivery of public safety communications services to their respective users when such collaboration benefits at least one of the parties participating in a particular cooperative effort. THIS ITEM IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY.
This report provides an update to the Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee on Phoenix Fire and Police departments' mountain rescue efforts during calendar year 2017. THIS ITEM IS FOR INFORMATION AND DISCUSSION. Summary The Phoenix Fire and Police departments respond daily to hundreds of calls for service ranging from house fires to burglaries, automobile crashes to mountain rescues. The Fire Department's Technical Rescue Team (TRT) and the Police Department's Air Support Unit are responsible for the coordination of mountain rescues that take place within the numerous Phoenix mountain ranges, parks and preserves, and other mountainous locations within the valley. For example, during calendar year 2017, Phoenix Fire responded to 259 total mountain rescue events. These mountain rescues can include scenarios such as a hiker with an injured ankle requiring assistance down a trail using a big wheel (wheelbarrow-type rescue equipment used to extract patients from narrow or rocky trails) to a more serious scenario of an unconscious patient requiring a helicopter lift off of a mountain for transport by ambulance to a local trauma center. Of the 259 mountain rescues that Phoenix Fire conducted during 2017, 95 of those required helicopter coordination with Phoenix Police Department's Air Support Unit. Phoenix Police currently utilizes its entire fleet of helicopters for mountain rescue efforts in various mountain rescue locations including: Camelback Mountain, Piestewa Peak, South Mountain Park, Papago Park, McDowell Mountains, Daisy Mountain/New River, Estrella Mountains, White Tanks and Thunderbird Mountain. In addition, Phoenix Fire regularly responds to mountain rescue calls for service valley-wide. This partnership serves as a successful example of public safety coordination that better serves the Phoenix community.
The municipal court has exclusive jurisdiction over the imposition of fines or penalties and can only impose them if the hiker is cited with violating an ordinance. If there is no ordinance violation, the rescue costs would have to be characterized as a debt to the City, which could be enforced without the involvement of the Court. For instance, the Code could provide that anyone who, through his negligence, requires a rescue by the City, is liable for rescue costs. This would necessitate a definition of negligence and rescue costs. Several states have instituted annual hiker card programs. Proceeds from the purchase of the card go to a fund to reimburse the jurisdiction for the costs of a rescue. Hikers not in possession of a card could be charged the costs of the rescue. And cardholders could be charged for the cost if they were negligent or reckless.
Agenda Date: 2/14/2018, Item No. 9 Departments Budget Update This verbal report provides an update to the Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee on the budget status for Police, Fire and the Municipal Court. THIS ITEM IS FOR INFORMATION AND DISCUSSION
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