Consideration of a Resolution transfering funds from the asset seizure fund to purchase police equipment
In recent years, the police department SWAT team has seen a decrease in personnel numbers due to retirements, manpower shortages and lack of interest. The tactical entry team in particular, has seen a decrease in personnel from ten just a few years ago, to five at the start of 2020. However, recent hirings have increased manpower to a sufficient number to support more team members. A renewed interest in SWAT amongst those hirings has allowed the team to increase membership to nine as of this date. With this increase in numbers comes a need for equipment to ensure these new members can effectively perform their duties. This equipment includes ballistic vests, helmets, plates and communication headsets.
Suggested Motion: I move to approve the budget resolution transferring $21,428.61 from the Asset Seizure Fund to the General Fund (230.PTPP) for the purchase of special response equipment.