Richmond VA > Grants > Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

Last Updated: 2014-09-30

PROJECT ABSTRACT

City of Richmond, VA A Regional Approach to Community Policing

The City of Richmond respectfully requests funding to invest in the communities where residents live, work, learn and play. Supported projects and services that echo our mission and vision are a priority and results in making Richmond a safer city through community policing and engagement, responsive action, communication and public trust. The goals of the projects and services are (1) to sustain community partnerships with local and state law enforcement and criminal justice partners to increase public safety; (2) to reduce crime; and (3) to engage youth and families which aides in community accountability, community focus and a shared trust. To accomplish the goals aforementioned, the Richmond Police Department (RPD) will continue to work with the Richmond Adult Drug Court which further promotes responsiveness to persons striving to positively affect the community while providing alternatives to incarceration. Likewise, a continued partnership with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office will provide training for attorney’s working closely with RPD’s Sector Lieutenants and Support Services Division. Reducing crime is always a priority. Suppression teams will be strategic in targeted communities that have experienced a major increase in major crimes. From bike and foot patrolling to focusing on specific areas within a crime infested community, the visibility, consistency and sacrifice of law enforcement will deter crime and build a sense of trust. The Community, Youth and Intervention Services Division (CYIS) which houses the Richmond Police Athletic League (RPAL) continue to demonstrate the importance of combining sports and mentorship. RPAL has been successful with introducing both traditional and non-traditional sports to youth that reside in urban areas. By offering opportunities for youth to participate in an official recreational flag football league, youth will not only build lasting friendships but will also learn the rules of the game. Lastly, the RPD will invest in leadership development opportunities for both sworn and non-sworn personnel. Leadership development and training beyond the normal scope offered by the City of Richmond adds value to the agency and empowers personnel. Staff will be equipped to train others and will gain invaluable skills. Although the projects abovementioned are unique in their approach, the common thread among them is associated with providing a platform for a regional, state and local approach.

The top identifiers associated with this effort are: (1) Law Enforcement Leadership, (2) Policing, (3) Community Based Programs and (4) Equipment Tactical.

2014 Justice Assistance Grant Budget Detail Worksheet

A. PERSONNEL

Item

Detailed Computation

Amount

Suppression Teams

2782.39 hours x $32

$89,036.50

Overtime (FFI)

1219.89 hours x $32

$39,036.50

Overtime (Flag Football League)

6 officers x 8 weeks x 4 hours x $52 per hour

$ 9,984.00

Sub Total

$138,057.00

B. FRINGE BENEFITS

Item

Detailed Computation

Amount

N/A

Sub Total

$0.00

C. SUPPLIES

Item

Detailed Computation

Amount

Sub Total

$0.00

D. TRAVEL

Item

Detailed Computation

Amount

N/A

Sub Total

$0.00

E. EQUIPMENT

Item

Detailed Computation

Amount

Tactical Tourniquets

375 x $22.40

$8,400.00

Black hawk Tactical Backpack Kits

7 kits x $500.00

$3,500.00

Mobile Platform Ladders

5 ladders x $500.00

$2,500.00

Sub Total

$14,400.00

F. CONSULTANTS/CONTRACTUAL

Item

Detailed Computation

Amount

N/A

Sub Total

$0.00

G. OTHER

Item

Detailed Computation

Amount

Leadership Development Training

1 x $11,340.00

$11,340.00

Field Costs (Flag Football)

8 weeks x 3 hours per week x $100 per hour

$2,400.00

Richmond Adult Drug Treatment Court

1 x $25,000.00

$25,000.00

Commonwealth Attorney’s Office

1 x $10,600.00

$10,600.00

Sub Total

$49,340.00

BUDGET SUMMARY

  1. Personnel $138.057.00
  2. Fringe Benefits $0.00
  3. Supplies $0.00
  4. Travel $0.00
  5. Equipment $14,400.00
  6. Contractual $0.00
  7. Other $49,340.00

SUB TOTAL $201,797.00

TOTAL PROJECT COST $201,797.00

BUDGET NARRATIVE

PERSONNEL

Crime Suppression and Overtime Initiatives - The RPD will use the funding for overtime initiatives throughout the year but especially during the Summer/Fall months in order to better ensure community public safety. The overtime initiatives range from 30 to 45 days. RPD officers will work in the overtime capacity and track and report all criminal activity. Although each sector will benefit from the crime suppression teams, special emphasis has been given to public housing communities, neighborhoods adjacent to public housing communities (single-family households) and area parks. The public housing communities have seen a major increase in violent crime. For example, May 9, 2014 to June 9, 2014, the Police Precinct 4 (includes Sectors 411, 412 and 413 – Diagram 1) experienced 1 homicide, 10 robberies, and 22 aggravated assaults. During the same time frame in 2013, there were 2 homicides, 22 robberies, and 19 aggravated assaults. In total, when comparing the same 30 day period in 2013 to 2014, Sector 4 experienced a 70% increase in crime. To address issue, bicycle and foot patrol has proved to be effective. Communities have requested more bike and foot patrol and it provides visibility to the area, but also allows better patrols in alleys and tight areas. The concept is to saturate an area that experiences these spikes in crime with 4-6 bicycle officers patrolling an area a few times a week for a 4 hour time frame. The purpose would be to prevent further crimes, but also be present in the event of an active crime.

It is expected that crime will be reduced by 3% to 5% in the targeted areas. A reduction of 5% of calls for service in the targeted areas by comparison to the prior year for the same time period is expected. Total cost: $80,000.00

Fugitive and Firearm Initiative (FFI) - This initiative is a joint firearm partnership between sworn Richmond Police Department Officers and Virginia State Police staff supported by the A.T.F. The initiative targets those individuals that choose to use a firearm in an illegal manner. The FFI is operation for 100 days from Memorial Day thru Labor Day. FFI uses predictive analysis to determine target locations that had a high propensity for random gunfire and violent crimes involving firearms during the spring months. Target locations are fluid based upon analysis, weather, and operational success in certain areas. In addition to geographic locations, analytical research and social analysis assist in determining individuals with a high potential for firearm violence. In addition to the FFI, the RPD proactively seeks to quell any rise in crime during the summer months by deploying officers at area parks that traditionally busy during that time. Past efforts to police the areas with bike and foot patrols have proved beneficial. Added overtime patrol and visibility tends to minimize criminal activity.

Total cost: $30,000.00

It is expected that a 3% reduction in crime will be realized.

Officers Overtime Flag Football - RPD Officers are needed during the Flag Football League. The league last eight weeks which includes games and practices. The league is sanctioned by NFL Flag. The goal is to field teams through each Middle School in the City of Richmond and to have a partnership where the kids are coached by police officers and staff from the schools.

Total cost: $9,984.00

2 FRINGE BENEFITS N/A

3 SUPPLIES

4 TRAVEL N/A

5 EQUIPMENT

  • Tactical Tourniquets - Tactical Tourniquets enhances the police officer’s ability to render first aid and potentially save lives in an emergency situation. Officers will be issued the tourniquets and properly trained on how to apply them in an emergency. They will be carried by patrol officers in the field at all times. The City of Richmond Police Department has 750 officers and each will receive a tourniquet ($20). Total cost: $8400.00
  • Black Hawk Manuel Entry Tool Backpacks - The RPD is requesting 7 backpacks to ensure that officers have the required entry tools needed to defeat locked or barricaded access to building during critical, life threatening incidents. The kit includes the following:
  • DE-BM BOLTMASTER BOLT CUTTER --
    • Specifically heat treated cutting edges finest available anywhere
    • For use on security chains, chain link fences and non-case hardened locks
    • Handles electrically non-conductive to 100,000 volts AC
  • DE-TM THUNDERMAUL --
    • Sure-Grip handle system is electrically non-conductive to 100,000 volts AC
    • Handle will not absorb glass shards and is self-extinguishing
    • Drop forged, high carbon steel head
    • Maul combines axe and sledge into one compact tool
  • DE-SOHT SPECIAL OPERATIONS HALLAGAN TOOL --
    • Both non-sparking and electrically non-conductive to 100,000 volts AC
    • Features a fork and horn end for prying and breaching
    • Handles will not absorb glass shards and are self-extinguishing
    • Ergonomically designed handle reduces the possibility of the operator's hands slipping onto the working ends of the bar
    • In conjunction with any of the ThunderSledge series, the horn is effective for breaching padlocks
  • 60ME00BK MANUAL ENTRY TOOL PACK --
    • Securely carries the SOHT or SOB, ThunderMaul, or Mini ThunderSledge, and BoltMaster
    • Constructed of 1000 denier NyTaneon® nylon
    • Individual pouches and retention straps for each tool
    • Fully adjustable chest and waist straps
    • Cost per item $500.00, total of 7 kits needed

    Total cost: $3,500.00

  • Mobile Platform Ladders - Equipment -- is needed to observe crowd activity and maintain crowd control during events. Increased visibility lessens the possible of criminal activity and provides a sense of security for event participants. The RPD is requesting 5 mobile platforms at $500 each. Total cost: $2,500.00

6 CONSULTANTS/CONTRACTUAL N/A

7 OTHER

  • Leadership Development Training -- The RPD is requesting funding to equip both sworn and non-sworn personnel in leadership development. Junior and Middle managers must be trained to lead in law enforcement. Developing the necessary skills to motivate, inspire and nurture an environment dedicated to service takes special people and special skills. Therefore, we are requesting funding for 8 to 10 personnel to attend various leadership training workshops, seminars and/or training facilitated by Law Enforcement specialists. Some of the training include but is not limited to the International Chief of Police Conference, VA Police Chiefs Foundation’s Professional Executive Leadership School (PELS), NOBLE, the Senior Executive Leadership Forum (SELF) and/or local, state or regional workshops and conferences. Registration, Airfare (if applicable), Hotel and Per Diem would be included in the total cost for training.

    Total cost: $11,340.00

  • Flag Football Field Costs -- Funding is needed to rent the facility for the Flag Football League. Total cost: $2,400.00
  • Richmond Adult Drug Treatment Court (RADTC) -- The RADTC is in need of support to fund the psychiatric counseling services and prescription medications for offenders with co-occurring mental illness. Richmond Behavioral Health Authority is the Community Service Board for Richmond and as an existing partner is in the best position to provide psychiatric assessment and medication monitoring for offenders with co-occurring serious mental illness. RADTC participants without full or partial insurance coverage will require medications for substance abuse and co-occurring mental illness. RBHA will provide these medications based on psychiatric assessment. Estimate includes cost for Suboxone, a narcotic medication used to treat opioid dependence. Rates based on recent services provided via SAMHSA grant that expired April 30, 2014. Psychiatric Services - Avg. 4 hrs/week x $125/hr x 50 weeks = $25,000

    Total cost: $25,000

  • Commonwealth Attorney's Office -- The Commonwealth Attorney's Office is in need of funding for the training of 6 prosecutors and a Courtroom Television Monitor. Total cost: $10,600.00

Contact Information:

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City of Richmond
900 Broad St., Room 1100
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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