Englewood applied for a federal grant that will be used to reinstate the police impact team. Police Chief Tom Vandermee told the city council at the …
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Englewood applied for a federal grant that will be used to
reinstate the police impact team.
Police Chief Tom Vandermee told the city council at the March 23
meeting the application for almost $1 million over three years will
allow Englewood to hire four police officers. The newly-hired
officers will allow the police department to appoint four officers
to re-establish the impact team, a team of officers set up to be
highly visible, to identify problems or issues and work with
residents and other agencies to come up with solutions.
Englewood had an impact team from 1995 to 2003 when budget
issues spelled the end of the program, Vandermee said.
“The impact team was highly successful,” the police chief said.
“They were out in the community daily, frequently patrolling our
parks on bikes. They were a valuable asset to our community.”
Every year, the council has sought ways to come up with money in
the budget to restore the impact team. Vandermee said this could be
the opportunity to achieve that goal.
Councilman John Moore smiled and said restoring the impact team
has been a dream he didn’t expect to see become a reality while he
was on the council.
Moore and the other members of the council gave their approval
for the police department to submit the appliaction.
The job of completing the application and filing it fell to
Deputy Police Chief John Collins.
Collins explained the grant requires no city matching funds for
the three years but does include the requirement the city guarantee
salary for the newly-hired officers for the fourth year. He said
the cost to the city for salaries and benefits for four officers
would be about $350,000.
The city is applying for the grant through the Community
Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program titled the Hiring
Recovery Program. The program received almost $550 million through
the federal stimulus package.
The application is to hire four entry-level officers. The grant
will fund full salary and benefits for three years. The city is
responsible to cover any pay increases the newly-hired officers
would receive through a city-granted pay increase for the police
Councilman Wayne Oakley said the grant was a good deal, even
with the requirement to pay the fourth-year salaries because
basically Englewood gets the services of four police officers for
25 percent of what it would require to hire them for the full four
He noted this was one of the issues he learned about when the
Attorney General spoke to the delegates March 16 at the National
League of Cities Conference and he was preparing to bring to the
attention of the city.
The deadline for the application is early April.
Vandermee said the city should hear a response quickly because
the U.S. Attorney General said the goal is to get money to
communities as quickly as possible by processing the applications
quickly and, if accepted, awarding the money within 15 days.
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