The purpose of this Mayor and Council Communication (M&C) is to authorize acceptance of reimbursement funds for the Police Department's participation in the Texas Anti-Gang Center Task Force.
In 2016, the City of Fort Worth entered into a Local Administrative Agreement for the Texas Anti-Gang Center - North Texas (TAG Center) (M&C C-28492). The TAG Center is used by multiple law enforcement agencies, including federal, state, and local agencies, in order to more efficiently and effectively cooperate and collaborate on intelligence, investigatory, and operational activities related to combating the shared threat of criminal organizations operating in and affecting the region. Funding for the TAG Center was provided by grant funds awarded to the North Richland Hills Police Department (NRHPD) through the Department of Justice.
For the past two years, the grant funds received by the City of North Richland Hills have been used to found and establish the TAG Center. The TAG Center is now operational and a portion of the grant funds may now be used to cover overtime salary costs of the officers participating in the task force. The City of North Richland Hills will reimburse overtime salary costs directly related to work performed for the TAG Center, up to 25% of the federal GS-12 rate per eligible officer. The City of Fort Worth currently has 23 Fort Worth officers who may assist the TAG Center and be eligible for some portion of reimbursable overtime costs. Overtime costs will not include benefits such as paid annual leave, compensatory leave, sick leave, holiday leave or retirement.
Indirect expenses are not eligible for reimbursement. The total amount of reimbursable funds that the City could receive is $18,343.00 per Officer, if found to be eligible for the maximum amount of overtime. The City of North Richland Hills, the grantee who applied for and received the grant, has indicated that additional funds may be available if there is a significant increase in local gang activity or violence. For this reason, in the event that North Richland Hills receives more funding, the appropriation ordinance specifies the total amount of reimbursable overtime salary costs that the City may be eligible to receive. This M&C serves all Council Districts.
This contract will be with a governmental entity, state agency or public institution of higher education: City of North Richland Hills, Texas.