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City Council Regular
Meeting Date: 09/03/2019  
Subject:    Consider Resolution 19-85 to Accept 2019 Grant for a Full-Time DWI Officer
Submitted For: Joan Lenzmeier From: Melissa Moore, Administrative Assistant I

In 2019, the City of Coon Rapids was awarded a grant by the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to fund a full-time officer to enforce DWI laws. The grant was authorized for up to one fiscal year and will be funded up to one year, but extensions are possible. The OTS notified Coon Rapids that they have approved funding for the position through 2020 to a maximum of $156,761.10 for salary/benefits and DWI conference registration fees. Council is asked to adopt a resolution to accept the grant through 2020.
The Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety DWI officer will work peak nights and times when drinking and driving occurs.  The eight counties with the most impaired-related deaths or serious injuries were chosen as being eligible for grant funds.  The eight counties are Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Ramsey, St. Louis and Stearns. The grant is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The total length for the DWI Officer grant is expected to be one year beginning October 1, 2019 with a one-year extension possible. The 2020 federal fiscal year ends September 30, 2020. The Coon Rapids Police department has developed a work plan and budget approved by the OTS.  The award covers a full-time sworn officer's salary and fringe benefits. The squad car operating costs, uniforms and weapons are not covered by the grant.

The grant is federally funded by NHTSA with impaired driving funds. Federal guidelines require this money be spent on projects to reduce DWI incidents. Because of this the officer can only be funded for the enforcement of laws prohibiting driving while impaired. If the officer is called to or responds to an incident other than an alcohol-related driving offense the time spent on non-DWI related enforcement exceeding 15 successive minutes must be paid for by the agency. Progress reports will be required to be made to the MN Office of Traffic Safety.

Accepting the grant required the authorized strength of the police department to be raised from 64 to 65 sworn officers. Once the grant funds are discontinued the authorized strength of the department will return to the number officers funded in the City budget through retirement or attrition.
Staff recommends approving Resolution 19-85 authorizing 2019 Agreement with the MN Office of Traffic Safety Accepting a Grant to Fund a Full-time Officer through September 30, 2020.

Resolution 19-85
2019-2020 NHTSA DWI Officers Grant Agreement

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