Sparks City Council Meeting 8/22/2016 2:00:00 PM

    Monday, August 22, 2016 2:00 PM
    Council Chambers, Legislative Building, 745 Fourth Street, Sparks, NV

General Business: 9.1

Title: Consideration and possible acceptance of a $10,000 grant (AC-5281) from the Helen Close Charitable Foundation. The funds would be applied toward the purchase and training of a new K9 for the Police Department.
Petitioner/Presenter: Chief Brian Allen/Chief Brian Allen
Recommendation: It is recommended that the City Council accept the grant from the Helen Close Charitable Foundation
Financial Impact: There is no adverse financial impact to the City
Business Impact (Per NRS 237):
A Business Impact Statement is not required because this is not a rule.
Agenda Item Brief:

The Sparks Police Department applied for a grant from the Helen Close Charitable Foundation in June 2016. On July 18, 2016 we received notification that we had been awarded the grant with the stipulation that the Department first spend the funds, and upon proof and documentation, the Department would be reimbursed by the Helen Close Foundation in the amount of $10,000.


In October of 2005, the Sparks Police Department developed and implemented a canine program to augment patrol. Two officers and two police service dogs were selected to initiate the program. Since that time, the department has had two police dogs in the canine section.


The canines have been very successful since their inception. They have been responsible for a large number of narcotic finds, article finds, and criminal apprehensions. They are also an outstanding public relations tool, undertaking additional responsibilities by providing public demonstrations at various events and schools.


Recently, one handler was selected for a detective assignment. Rather that not utilize that handler and canine skill set, the department chose to keep that canine in service as a boost to the Crime Suppression Unit of the detective section for the remainder of that canine's working capabilities. That left one dog/handler in patrol.


The Sparks Police Department applied for a grant from the Helen Close Charitable Foundation. The Helen Close Charitable Foundation  has awarded the Sparks Police Department $10,000. The remaining funds required to purchase and train the handler/canine team will come from another grant (a separate agenda item will be created) and from seizure funds. The full cost of purchasing and training a new canine/handler team is approximately $37,000.


Pursuant to Section 2.090 of the Sparks City Charter, the City of Sparks may acquire personal property or gifts. The City of Sparks may accept the donation to the Sparks Police Department.


The City Council could decide not to accept the grant. This would have a larger negative impact on the Police Department forcing the use of more seizure funds.

Recommended Motion:

I move to accept the donation of $10,000 from the Helen Close Charitable Foundation.

Attached Files:
     Helen Close Grant Letter.pdf
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