Emergency Dial 911
Non-emergency (541) 693-6911
Proposed Grant Application for the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is requesting Board of County Commissioner approval on June 8, 2016 to submit a grant application on behalf of the County. A summary of the grant opportunity follows:
Funding Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
Program: Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Rifle Replacement, and City of Bend Police Department Tactical Video Phone Replacement
The Bureau of Justice Assistance has designated Deschutes County and the City of Bend as disparate locations for the purposes of the 2016 JAG program. With this designation, the County and City must apply for the funding opportunities with one, joint application. It has been agreed that the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office will be the fiscal agent responsible for applying for and reporting of grant funds.
Funding from the 2016 Justice Assistance Grant program will be used to purchase 13 new rifles for the Patrol Division of the Sheriff’s Office. Currently, rifles are shared by two deputies, making zeroing (setting sights of gun for firing) to fit both of their needs nearly impossible. One deputy may be able to hit a target exactly where he/she is aiming, while the other deputy could be off-target by several inches. Several current rifles are also outdated (Vietnam-era, 1970s), too long, and too heavy for modern patrol functions.
Deputies need to be provided with the tools and resources that are essential to do their job safely. Nationwide, an active shooter incident occurs every 30 days, on average. New rifles will allow each deputy a dependable rifle zeroed for them specifically; making it safer for the public should they need to defend themselves or citizens in active shooter situations. New rifles are designed to achieve firepower capability in confined spaces, are lightweight, and can be comfortably carried and instantly available. This funding opportunity will ensure that deputies have the type of weapon in which they are readily trained on, have remarkable accuracy, and allow for greater distance between them and any pointed gun in their direction.
The City of Bend Police Department will use awarded funds to purchase a new CINT Commander II with 836 Technology tactical satellite video phone for negotiations recording and control. This will enable the City of Bend Police Department’s SWAT negotiation team to improve communication, officer safety, and evidence collection during high risk contacts.
Due Date: The application must be submitted by June 30, 2016. If funds are awarded, the award document will be submitted to the County Administrator for signature.
Amount: $13,017.00 – Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Allocation
$20,713.00 – City of Bend Police Department Allocation
The total allocation will be awarded to Deschutes County. A Memorandum of Understanding will be completed regarding the transfer of allocated funds to the City of Bend for their portion of the award.
Matching Funds: None
Duration: Two years: October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2017 (Since the Justice Assistance Grant program follows a federal budget schedule, grant announcements are typically made in May of each year and the application must typically be submitted sometime in June.)
Background: The JAG Program provides states and units of local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of programs, including law enforcement equipment purchases and training. The County has received funding from the JAG Program on an annual basis since 2006.
Reporting: The Sheriff’s Office Legal Administrative Assistant will be responsible for submitting quarterly financial and narrative reports. Once the purchases have been made, a final report will be submitted to close the grant.
Please contact Sergeant Troy Gotchy at 541-388-6655 or Julie Lovrien at 541-550-4857 if you have questions concerning this request.