Consideration to Authorize the Submission of a Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funds (CESF) sub-grant to the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation
The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation applied for and was awarded a Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funds Grant in 2020 as part of the first round of CARES Act funding. The grant is intended to be sub-awarded to law enforcement agencies within the state to prevent, prepare and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A key strategy to ensure emergency services continue throughout the pandemic is an agreement to utilize personnel across all law enforcement agencies in Sweetwater County in the event of staff shortages due to illness. Recent Wyolink radio installations in Rock Springs are not compatible with the current portable radios used by the Green River Police Department which are approximately 15 years old. Dual-band portable radios are needed for interoperability with the new system in Rock Springs, are essential to maintaining the ability to assist other agencies operating inside buildings in the Rock Springs area, and therefore a critical component of the Sweetwater County law enforcement COVID-19 response plan.
The police department intends to apply for a CESF sub-grant to fund the purchase of the needed radios. The cost is anticipated to be approximately $110,000. This would be significantly more expensive except for an agreement recently made between the State of Wyoming and Motorola which ensures reduced pricing to other governmental entities within the State on equipment specified in the agreement. No match is required for the grant.
Suggested Motion: I move to authorize the Police Department to submit a CESF sub-grant application to the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, in the amount of $110,000 for the purchase of portable radios.