Agenda Item # 4
Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

May 22, 2018

Agenda Report # 121


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: FY18 National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) Initiative Grant

INITIATED BY: Muscogee County Sheriff's Department
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Recommendation: Approval is requested to submit an application and accept, if awarded, a National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) Initiative Grant for the Federal Fiscal Year 2018 solicitation in the amount of $221,068, or as otherwise awarded, with no local match requirement, to be used by the Muscogee County Sheriff’s for eligible projects as defined in the grant, and to amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount of the award.

Background: The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the FBI’s Criminal Information Services (CJIS) Division, in conjunction with the State of Georgia, has selected the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office to participate in a pilot program for the National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X), in the State of Georgia. This grant supports the implementation of NCS-X to provide a nationally representative system of incident-based crime statistics on the way to the national transition to a National Incident Based Reporting System. This program is intended to develop or enhance the state programs’ capacity to collect detailed incident-based crime data from police agencies throughout the state and support the transition to the states incident-based crime reporting systems.

Analysis: The funding is to be used to establish or enhance, through improved automation, the capabilities of the agency to report incident-based crime data to the state Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program or to the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). The FBI is moving to a NIBRS-only data collection by January 1, 2021 and beginning the transition now will improve the chances the agency will meet the deadline.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), in partnership with the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division, has made funds available through NCS-X to support NIBRS reporting by law enforcement agencies. NIBRS transition has an implementation deadline of January 2021. By applying and receiving the above grant, the city will not have to be responsible for the sole funding of the program.

Financial Considerations: None.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: The grant will bring in $221,068 to the Multi-Governmental Fund. The General Fund will not be affected.

Legal Considerations: The Columbus Consolidated Government is eligible to apply for this grant award with Council approval. Council must approve the application for and acceptance of all grant awards and the Mayor, as Chief Executive Officer, or her designee, must sign all required contracts, reports, and certifications. Upon signing, the City will be obligated to the U.S. Department of Justice to comply with the terms and conditions of the grant contract.

Recommendation/Actions: Accept and approve the application and subsequent award of the grant in the amount of $221,068, or as otherwise awarded, and amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount of the award.

A RESOLUTION
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A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR OR HER DESIGNEE TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR, AND IF AWARDED, ACCEPT A 2018 FUNDING GRANT FROM THE BUREAU OF JUSTICE STATISTICS, THOUGH FUNDING PROVIDED BY THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS IN THE AMOUNT OF $221,068, OR AS OTHERWISE AWARDED, WITH NO LOCAL MATCH REQUIREMENT, TO AMEND THE MULTI-GOVERNMENTAL FUND BY THE AMOUNT OF THE AWARD, AND TO ALLOCATE THE AMOUNT AWARDED AS FOLLOWS: MUSCOGEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE - $221,068.00 FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NATIONAL CRIME STATISTICS EXCHANGE (NCS-X) INITIATIVE AND NATIONAL INCIDENT BASED REPORTING SYSTEM (NIBR) PROGRAMS SUPPORTED BY THE GRANT.


WHEREAS, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the FBI’s Criminal Information Services (CJIS) Division, in conjunction with the State of Georgia, has selected the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office to participate in a pilot program for the National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X), in the State of Georgia. This grant supports the implementation of NCS-X to provide a nationally representative system of incident-based crime statistics on the way to the national transition to a National Incident Based Reporting System. This program is intended to develop or enhance the state programs’ capacity to collect detailed incident-based crime data from police agencies throughout the state and support the transition to the states incident-based crime reporting systems; and,

WHEREAS, the Columbus Consolidated Government is eligible to receive $221,068 in funding with no local match requirement; and,


WHEREAS, the grant requires that the governing body be notified of the application at least 30 days prior to the award of the grant funds, and an opportunity for public review and comment be given; and,


NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the Mayor or her designee is hereby authorized to submit an application and if awarded, accept a FY18 Grant in the amount of $221,068, or as otherwise awarded, with no local match requirement, and that the funds will be used by the Sheriff’s Office to implement NCS-X and NIBRS, and to amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount of the award.



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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________ 2018, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _____________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Garrett voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.



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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor