Agenda Item # 9
Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

11/27/18

Agenda Report # 63


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: 2018-19 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Competitive Grant #4 Program

INITIATED BY: District Attorney/Victim-Witness Assistance Program


Recommendation: Approval is requested to authorize the District Attorney’s Victim-Witness Assistance Program to submit and if approved, accept a grant for $6,000 from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council FY19 Budget to provide funding for Crime Victim Assistance in the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit to be used for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Activities.

Background: In July of 1989, the Office of the District Attorney began operating a Crime Victim Assistance Program. In October of 1992, the Victim-Witness Assistance Program was awarded the first Crime Victim Assistance Grant, thereby broadening the program for the provision of basic services. In July of 1995, additional funds were received from the 5% Crime Victim Surcharge Fund, thus allowing the program to expand services to all 6 counties within the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit. Successful grant allocations since that time have sustained the program. Although still understaffed, the office currently employs a Director of Victim Services and 14 Victim Advocates.

Analysis: If approved for FY19, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Georgia will allocate $6,000 to the Victim-Witness Assistance Program for the hosting of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Activities.

The total amount of $6,000 represents the amount necessary to promote NCVRW activities and raise awareness throughout the community of crime victims’ rights and the services available. Crime victims and the public are invited to our annual service and motorcade to the Homicide Brick Memorial; cost also allows for promotional items, advertising and outreach supplies.

Grant Funded Outreach Project

Total Award: 6,000

Financial Considerations: The grant total is $6,000 and there is no cash match.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: There is no cash match and no annual fiscal impact as a result of this grant.

Legal Considerations:

Recommendations/Actions: Authorize submission and, if approved, acceptance of a grant in the amount of $6,000 from the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. This action will provide the funding for National Crime Victims Rights Week activities. Funding will only be allocated from this grant for this fiscal year.


A RESOLUTION

NO._____


A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION, ON BEHALF OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND, IF APPROVED, TO ACCEPT A VOCA GRANT OF $6,000 FROM THE GEORGIA CRIMINAL JUSTICE COORDINATING COUNCIL, TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR CRIME VICTIM ASSISTANCE IN THE CHATTAHOOCHEE JUDICIAL CIRCUIT TO HOST NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMS RIGHTS WEEK ACTIVITIES.

WHEREAS, the District Attorney is requesting the acceptance of a VOCA Grant in the amount of $6,000 to be allocated as a one-time payment from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council of Georgia; and,

WHEREAS, the funding will be used to promote, invite, and host a memorial program; and complete out- reach to local high school students, partnering with the D.A.R.E program.

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

That the City Manager is hereby authorized to submit and if approved, accept a grant of $6,000 from the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for the purpose of completing National Crime Victims Rights Week activities.
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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 House voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.



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Lindsey Glisson, Deputy Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor