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File #: ID18-1001    Version: 1 Name: FY 18 Federal Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification for Asset Forfeiture Funds
Type: Action Item Status: Passed
File created: 8/20/2018 In control: City Council
On agenda: 8/30/2018 Final action: 8/30/2018
Title: Approve the FY 18 annual participation agreement for the Federal Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification Program for the disposition of $7,587.36 forfeited in connection with a crime and authorize the City Manager and the Chief of Police to execute related documents
Sponsors: Police Department
Attachments: 1. AFF 2018 ESAC 7-24-18_.pdf
REPORT TO THE CITY COUNCIL


August 30, 2018

FROM: JERRY DYER, Chief of Police
Police Department

BY: LYDIA CARRASCO, Deputy Chief
Administrative Services Division

SUBJECT
Title

Approve the FY 18 annual participation agreement for the Federal Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification Program for the disposition of $7,587.36 forfeited in connection with a crime and authorize the City Manager and the Chief of Police to execute related documents

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RECOMMENDATION

It is recommended that City Council authorize the City Manager and the Chief of Police to enter into the FY 18 annual Federal Equitable Sharing Agreements for the disposition of $7,587.36, including interest, forfeited in connection with crimes.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Federal Equitable Sharing Agreement Program provides local law enforcement agencies with funds derived from forfeited assets (cash and property) used in connection with a crime. The Fresno Police Department uses these funds to pay for the Skywatch program, safety equipment, and other items that are directly related to law enforcement. Authorizing the City Manager and the Chief of Police to enter into these agreements assures the City's participation in this program.

BACKGROUND

Asset forfeiture is an effective law enforcement tool the United States uses to deprive criminals of ill-gotten gains by seizing the proceeds of criminal activity and property used to facilitate crime. Seized property is shared with state and local law enforcement agencies which make substantial contributions to underlying criminal investigations. This not only deprives criminals of ill-gotten gains, but allows the proceeds to go to law enforcement for use to fight crime at the front-line level. The Department uses this funding opportunity to help address operational and equipment needs, such as the Skywatch program and safety equipment. The FY 18 Federal Equitable Sharing Agreement must be submitted annually, within 60 days of the end of each fisc...

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