The Glendale Police Department is to receive nearly $350,000 in grants targeting impaired drivers, pedestrian safety and other traffic issues.
Last month, Glendale City Council adopted resolutions accepting eight police grants ranging from $18,000 to $100,000, totaling $346,346.
Council authorized Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps to enter into five highway safety contracts with the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and three agreements with the Arizona Department of Homeland Security.
The city adopted resolutions to cover expenditures including the DUI/impaired driving enforcement, mass gathering/vehicle barrier protection, pedestrian/bicycle safety enforcement projects and material and equipment expenditures. Goals for the projects and expenditures are expected to be met by the end of 2021.
Since 1995, the Glendale Police Department has been receiving Arizona GOHS grant funds for use in the enforcement and investigation of traffic, seatbelt and DUI violations and investigations, along with the purchase of equipment and training, according to agenda material.
The police department submits highway safety project proposals annually to the Arizona GOHS for funding. The proposals are considered by an evaluation team at the Arizona GOHS that reviews agency performance, program priority area, problem identification and supporting documentation.
The amount of $20,000 was granted for the Occupant Protection Enforcement Overtime project to aid the goal of decreasing traffic fatalities caused by occupants in vehicles not wearing seatbelts. With $14,286 allocated to personnel services and $5,714 given for employee-related expenses, the agency’s goal is to promote seat belt and child safety seat usage.
A grant for $48,823 was given for the DUI/Impaired Driving Enforcement Overtime project to purchase related materials and supplies such as urine kits, blood kits and phlebotomy supplies. With $32,143 going toward personnel services (overtime) and $12,857 to cover employee-related expenses, the agency’s goal is to decrease the number of impaired driving-related crashes and fatalities.
For the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Enforcement project, $31,500 was granted, appointing $17,857 toward personnel services, $7,143 toward employee-related expenses, $4,500 toward professional and outside services and $2,000 toward materials and supplies such as flyers, brochures and printed educational items. The contract objectives include goals to decrease fatalities in pedestrian traffic-related fatalities and injuries.
As there were 5,259 crash reports in 2019, GOHS granted funds toward ongoing training for the Accident Investigation project for personnel as well as advanced technology. The amount of $36,228 was given for accident investigation, with $10,000 allocated toward professional and outside services, $4,259 toward materials including crash data retrieval kit cables with cases and $21,969 toward capital outlay.
With an ongoing goal to decrease the number of speeding-related crashes from 1,500 to 1,425, the amount of $45,000 was granted for the Step Enforcement project with $15,000 for materials including advanced speed monitoring equipment, $8,571 for employee-related expenses and $21,429 for personnel services.
The city is also collaborating with DOHS, receiving $18,195 for equipment and training for Glendale Police Department 2020 Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) and Terrorism Liaison officer program sustainment, $43,600 for the Glendale Police Mass Gathering-Barrier Protection project and $103,000 in partial funds for the UASI Rapid Response Team.
The $18,195 grant is to be used to continue to sustain innovative technology and enhance problem-solving capabilities when responding to all-hazards events. The grant money will also cover fees associated with purchasing software and database systems to strengthen communication for the agency.
The $43,600 grant will be used to buy 10 portable vehicle barrier systems, and the remaining funds will purchase a towing trailer to store and move the barrier systems to event sites, helping with scheduled protection for events around the city.
The Glendale Rapid Response Team is to use the grant funding for equipment. Grant funds will pay for explosive breaching supplies.
Funding will also be used for SWAT and registration fees to attend the Arizona Tactical Officer Association Training Conference, which provides tactical specific training.