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: 9.2

Title: Consideration and possible acceptance of a $10,000 grant (AC-5282) from the E. L. Cord Foundation for the purchase and training of a new police K-9.
Petitioner/Presenter: Chief Brian Allen/Chief Brian Allen
Recommendation: It is recommended the City Council accept the grant from the Helen Close Charitable Foundation
Financial Impact: N/A
Business Impact (Per NRS 237):
A Business Impact Statement is not required because this is not a rule.
Agenda Item Brief:

This item is for the consideration and possible acceptance of a $10,000 grant from the E. L. Cord Foundation. This grant would be used to help the Police Department offset the costs of a new K-9, which are roughly $37,000. The new K-9 would be trained as our previous K-9s have been in handler protection, narcotics detection and article searches.


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

The Sparks Police Department applied for a grant from the E. L. CordFoundation. The E. L. Cord Foundation has granted that request in the amount of $10,000. The remaining funds required to purchase and train the handler/canine combination will come from another grant from a different foundation (a separate agenda item will be produced) and seizure funds. The full cost of purchasing and training a new canine/handler team is approximately $37,000.



In June of 2016, the Sparks Police Department applied for and has been awarded a grant from the E. L. Cord Foundation in the amount of $10,000. The Sparks Police Department has a need for a new K9 in its Patrol Section. This funding will help offset costs of the purchase and training of the dog and handler, which total 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 choose not to accept the donation, which would have an impact on the Police Department requiring the use of more seizure funds.

Recommended Motion:

II move to accept the donation of $10,000 from the E. L. Cord Foundation.

Attached Files:
     EL Cord.pdf
     EL Cord application lodging 2016.pdf
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