RESOLUTION NO. 732
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASHINGTON, APPROVING AN AMENDMENT TO THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMET WITH PIERCE COUNTY FOR POLICE SERVICES TO ADD A COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICER FUNCTION AND COST
WHEREAS, the University Place Police Department’s front desk has been staffed historically entirely by volunteers, but has in recent years been unable to keep volunteers long term for various reasons, and with the reduction in Public Safety staffing in 2009, the Department lacks the resources it once had to effectively recruit, train and manage volunteers; and
WHEREAS, in 2013, approximately one-fifth of the people who visited the Public Safety Department’s front desk during office hours were sent home and told to report their issues to either 911 or to the Department’s non-emergency number to have an officer dispatched to follow up, because the front desk, when staffed, is staffed by a non-commissioned staff member who cannot legally access the Department’s database to take a report or check on the status of a case; and
WHEREAS, the Public Safety Department has determined that the most cost effective and efficient solution to the reduced office hours and limited service is to add a Community Support Officer (CSO) function to its police services contract with Pierce County. A CSO is a limited commissioned officer, trained at the Police Academy, with the legal ability to access the County’s database, write reports and issue citations; and
WHEREAS, the addition of a CSO to the City’s contract with Pierce County would increase the contract cost by approximately $88,000 per year, and due to the County’s internal reclassifications, they have a CSO available for immediate assignment, saving the City’s typical ramp-up costs; and
WHEREAS, for the remainder of 2013, the $88,000 cost for a CSO is entirely offset by savings in the Public Safety Fund from elimination of the temporary Administrative Assistant position and savings from an unfilled Animal Control Officer position; and
WHEREAS, because the CSO represents a new and additional function and cost to the City’s Interlocal Agreement for Police Services with Pierce County it is necessary to amend Exhibit “A” to that Agreement to add the new position; and
WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of University Place finds it in the City’s best intersts to amend Exhibit “A” to the Interlocal Agreement between Pierce County and the City of University Place Relating to Law Enforcement Services to add a Community Support Officer function and cost.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASHINGTON, AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Amendment. Exhibit “A” to the Interlocal Agreement between Pierce County and the City of University Place Relating to Law Enforcement Services is hereby amended to add a Community Support Officer function and cost, as provided in the amended Exhibit “A” attached to this Resolution.
Section 2. Effective Date. This Resolution shall take effect immediately upon its adoption.
ADOPTED BY THE CITY COUNCIL ON AUGUST 19, 2013.
Ken Grassi, Mayor
Emelita Genetia, City Clerk
APPROVED AS TO FORM:
Steve Victor, City Attorney