Sparks City Council Meeting 11/26/2012 2:00:00 PM

    Monday, November 26, 2012 2:00 PM
    Sparks Legislative Building, 745 E. 4th Street, Sparks, NV 89431

Consent Items: 5.7

Title: Consideration and possible approval of the purchase of 120 Taser X2 units and related equipment from Pro Force Law Enforcement in the amount of $174,924.45.
Petitioner/Presenter: Steve Keefer, Chief of Police/Steve Keefer, Chief of Police
Recommendation: Approve purchase of Taser X2 and associated equipment from Pro Force Law Enforcement in the amount of $174,924.45.
Financial Impact: None
Total Costs: $174,924.45
Fund: Sparks Grants & Donations Fund    Account: 603445
Program: Federal Drug Forfeitures CFDA 16.922 (091002)
Amount: $174,924.45    Budget Status: Over Budget (See Budget Correction Plan)
Budget Correction Plan:
Federal Drug Forfeiture Funds are being utilized.
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 is upgrading from the Taser X-26 to the new Taser X2. The original tasers utilized by the police department were purchased during FY 05 and are in need of repair or replacement. Within two years, Taser, Inc. is no longer going to support the X-26 and Taser, Inc. is providing buy-back incentives to upgrade to the new Taser X2 now. Pro Force Law Enforcement is the sole source provider of the Taser product. Federal drug forfeiture funds are being utilized to upgrade the tasers.

Background: The Sparks Police Department began utilizing the taser and electrical conductive device technology during the 2005 fiscal year. The original tasers purchased were the Taser X-26. Since the original purchase, additional Taser X-26 units have been purchased as needed. During the last several years, the Sparks Police Department has seen a number of the original Taser X-26 units needing repair. Based on pricing, the unit is repaired or replaced. Recently, Taser, Inc. has indicated that within the next two years, they are not going to support the X-26, as they have introduced a new model, the X2. Taser has introduced a buy-back program to encourage agencies to transfer over to the new technology, rather than repair the old X-26 units that are still being utilized. The Sparks Police Department will utilize drug forfeiture funds to pay for the upgrade at no cost to the general fund. Pro Force Law Enforcement is a sole source provider for the Taser, Inc. products and associated equipment.

Analysis: The Sparks Police Department has reviewed the number of current Taser X-26 units being utilized and the number of units that have needed repaired over the past several years. Based on the costs associated with repair and the limited time available for support of the Taser X-26 units, the police department has determined the best course of action is to take advantage of the buy-back program and the extended warranty on the new taser units. Our Taser instructors have utilized the new taser units in a training and evaluation period and have determined that the new technology would also be a benefit for the department.

Alternatives: The Council may choose not to approve the purchase of the Taser X2 and associated equipment.

Recommended Motion: I moved to approve the purchase of the Taser X2 and associated equipment from Pro Force Law Enforcement in the amount of $174,924.45.

Attached Files:
     Taser Sole Source Letter.pdf
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