M&C Review


COUNCIL ACTION:  Approved on 10/10/2017 - Ordinance No. 22954-10-2017

DATE: 10/10/2017 REFERENCE NO.: **C-28422 LOG NAME: 35FY2018 HIDTA WESTERN DRUG SQUAD GROUP 2
CODE: C TYPE: CONSENT PUBLIC HEARING: NO
SUBJECT:   Authorize Execution of Agreement with the United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration for Reimbursement of Overtime Costs in the Amount Up to $144,336.00 for Participation in the Texoma High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Western Drug Squad/Group 2 Task Force for Fiscal Year 2018, Authorize Execution of Asset Forfeiture Sharing Agreement and Adopt Appropriation Ordinance (ALL COUNCIL DISTRICTS)

RECOMMENDATION:

It is recommended that the City Council:

1.  Authorize the execution of an Agreement with the United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration for reimbursement of overtime costs and for participation in the Texoma High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Western Drug Squad/Group 2 for Fiscal Year 2018;

2.  Authorize the execution of an Asset Forfeiture Sharing Agreement governing the Task Force's equitable sharing requests and participation in the United States Department of Justice Equitable Sharing Program;

3.  Authorize the acceptance of the amount up to $144,336.00 for the reimbursement of overtime costs for eight officers assigned to the Texoma High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Western Drug Squad/Group 2 Task Force; and

4.  Adopt the attached appropriation ordinance increasing estimated receipts and appropriations in the Grants Fund in the amount of $144,336.00, upon execution of the Agreement.

 
DISCUSSION:

Since 1999, the City of Fort Worth has worked cooperatively with the United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to address the problem of drug trafficking in North Texas through various task forces.  The Texoma High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Western Drug Squad/Group 2 Task Force seeks to disrupt the illicit drug traffic in the City of Fort Worth by immobilizing targeted violators and trafficking organizations, gathering and reporting intelligence data relating to trafficking of  narcotics and other dangerous drugs, and by conducting undercover operations where appropriate.

The task force will also engage in other traditional methods of investigations in order that the task force's activities will result in effective prosecution in both state and federal courts.

The Fort Worth Police Department currently has eight officers assigned to the HIDTA Western Drug Squad Task Force.  The City of Fort Worth will be reimbursed by the DEA for overtime expenses related to the department's participation in the task force in an amount not to exceed $144,336.00.  Benefits such as retirement, FICA and other expenses are not reimbursable.  No matching funds are required.  This is a reimbursement Agreement and indirect costs are prohibited.

This contract will be with a governmental entity, state agency or public institution of higher education:  Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

 
FISCAL INFORMATION/CERTIFICATION:

The Director of Finance certifies that upon approval of the above recommendations, execution of the Agreement and the adoption of the attached appropriation ordinance, funds will be available in the current operating budget, as appropriated, of the Grants Fund.

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Submitted for City Manager's Office by:
Valerie R. Washington (6192)
Originating Department Head:
Joel F. Fitzgerald (4231)
Additional Information Contact:
Carla L. Vasquez (2639)

 
 
ATTACHMENTS
  35FY2018 HIDTA WESTERN DRUG SQUAD GROUP 2_35_AO_17.docx