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LRB-0330/1
CMH:amn&wlj
2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
March 28, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Sanfelippo, Jacque, Anderson,
Born, R. Brooks, Horlacher, Jagler, Kremer, Macco, Mursau, Novak, Ripp,
Rohrkaste, Schraa, Skowronski, Spiros, Thiesfeldt, Tittl, Tranel, Tusler,
Weatherston, Krug and VanderMeer, cosponsored by Senators Vukmir and
Wanggaard. Referred to Committee on Local Government.
AB189,1,4 1An Act to repeal 165.986 (6); to renumber and amend 165.986 (1), 165.986
2(2) and 165.986 (4); to amend 20.455 (2) (kb), 165.986 (title), 165.986 (3) and
3165.986 (5); and to create 165.986 (1c), 165.986 (2) (a) and (c) and 165.986 (4m)
4of the statutes; relating to: grants for beat patrol and specialized officers.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the Department of Justice awards grants to cities to pay for
uniformed beat patrol law enforcement officers. This bill makes the following
changes to the grant program: allows villages, town, and counties, not just cities, to
apply; eliminates the cap of $150,000 per grant; eliminates the requirement that
DOJ award the grant to the applicants with the highest rates of violent crime; allows
grant recipients to use grant funds to pay for law enforcement officers whose primary
duties relate to achieving a law enforcement or public safety goal; and requires
annual applications. Also, under the bill, a grant recipient that applies for an
additional grant must provide a statement to DOJ regarding its progress using the
grant money in achieving goals for which the previous grant was awarded.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB189,1 5Section 1. 20.455 (2) (kb) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB189,2,6
120.455 (2) (kb) Law enforcement officer supplement grants. The amounts in the
2schedule to provide grants for uniformed law enforcement officers under s. 165.986.
3All moneys transferred from the appropriation account under s. 20.505 (1) (id) 3.
4shall be credited to this appropriation account. Notwithstanding s. 20.001 (3) (a), the
5unencumbered balance on June 30 of each year shall be transferred to the
6appropriation account under s. 20.505 (1) (id).
AB189,2 7Section 2. 165.986 (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB189,2,8 8165.986 (title) Beat patrol and specialized officers; grant program.
AB189,3 9Section 3. 165.986 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 165.986 (1m) and
10amended to read:
AB189,2,2111 165.986 (1m) The department of justice shall provide grants from the
12appropriation under s. 20.455 (2) (kb) to cities political subdivisions to employ
13additional uniformed law enforcement officers whose primary duty is beat
14patrolling. A city is eligible for a grant under this section in fiscal year 1994-95 if
15the city has a population of 25,000 or more
or specialized law enforcement officers.
16A city political subdivision may receive a grant for a calendar year if the city it applies
17for a grant before September 1 of the preceding calendar year. Grants shall be
18awarded to the 10 eligible cities submitting an application for a grant that have the
19highest rates of violent crime index offenses in the most recent full calendar year for
20which data is available under the uniform crime reporting system of the federal
21bureau of investigation.
AB189,4 22Section 4. 165.986 (1c) of the statutes is created to read:
AB189,2,2323 165.986 (1c) In this section:
AB189,2,2424 (a) “Political subdivision” means a city, village, town, or county.
AB189,3,3
1(b) “Specialized law enforcement officer” means a law enforcement officer
2whose primary duties and assignments relate to achieving a law enforcement or
3public safety goal that is identified by a political subdivision under sub. (2) (a).
AB189,5 4Section 5. 165.986 (2) of the statutes is renumbered 165.986 (2) (intro.) and
5amended to read:
AB189,3,86 165.986 (2) (intro.) A city political subdivision applying to the department of
7justice for a grant under this section shall include a submit to the department of
8justice all of the following:
AB189,3,10 9(b) A proposed plan of expenditure of the grant moneys that sets forth a
10strategy for applying the grant moneys toward the goals identified in par. (a)
.
AB189,3,17 11(2m) The grant moneys that a city political subdivision receives under this
12section may be used for salary and fringe benefits only. Except as provided in sub.
13(3), the positions for which funding is sought must be created on or after April 21,
141994, and result in a net increase in the number of uniformed law enforcement
15officers assigned to beat patrol duties
. The department may issue a grant in 2 annual
16payments, with the 2nd payment contingent upon the grant recipient's progress in
17meeting its goals reported in sub. (4m)
.
AB189,6 18Section 6. 165.986 (2) (a) and (c) of the statutes are created to read:
AB189,3,2319 165.986 (2) (a) Defined goals toward which the grant funds will be applied,
20using data that identify specific problems and that may be used as a measurement
21of progress toward the identified goals. If grant funds will be used for salary and
22fringe benefits of a specialized law enforcement officer, a description of the officer's
23duties and their relation to the goals identified in this paragraph.
AB189,4,3
1(c) If the applicant has received a previous grant under this section, a statement
2of its progress in reducing crime or achieving other goals related to the purposes for
3which it received the grant.
AB189,7 4Section 7. 165.986 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB189,4,125 165.986 (3) During the first 6 months of the first year of a grant, a city political
6subdivision
may, with the approval of the department, use part of the grant for the
7payment of salary and fringe benefits for overtime provided by uniformed law
8enforcement officers whose primary duty is beat patrolling or by specialized law
9enforcement officers
. A city political subdivision may submit a request to the
10department for a 3-month extension of the use of the grant for the payment of
11overtime costs. To be eligible to use part of the first year's grant for overtime costs,
12the city political subdivision shall provide the department with all of the following:
AB189,4,1413 (a) The reasons why uniformed law enforcement officers assigned to beat patrol
14duties or specialized law enforcement officers need to work overtime.
AB189,4,1615 (b) The status of the hiring and training of new uniformed law enforcement
16officers who will have beat patrol duties or of specialized law enforcement officers.
AB189,4,2117 (c) Documentation that a sufficient amount of the grant for the first year will
18be available, during the period remaining after the payment of overtime costs, to pay
19the salary and fringe benefits of the same number of uniformed officers whose
20primary duty is beat patrolling or of specialized law enforcement officers that the
21grant originally planned to pay.
AB189,8 22Section 8. 165.986 (4) of the statutes is renumbered 165.986 (4) (a) and
23amended to read:
AB189,5,824 165.986 (4) (a) The department shall develop criteria which, notwithstanding
25s. 227.10 (1), need not be promulgated as rules under ch. 227, for use in determining

1the amount to grant award to cities political subdivisions under this section. The
2department may not award an annual grant in excess of $150,000 to any city
The
3criteria shall include, for each applicant, the rates of violent crime index offenses in
4the most recent full calendar year for which data are available under the uniform
5crime reporting system of the federal bureau of investigation and, if applicable, the
6applicant's success in using previous grants to reduce crime or achieve other goals
7set by the department. The criteria may also include the rates of nonviolent crime
8in the political subdivision
.
AB189,5,11 9(b) The department shall review any application and plan submitted under
10sub. (2) to
determine if that each application and, plan , and statement of progress
11submitted under sub. (2) (c) or (4m)
meet the requirements of this section.
AB189,5,16 12(c) The grant that a city political subdivision receives under this section must
13result in a net increase in the number of uniformed law enforcement officers assigned
14to beat patrol duties or the number of specialized law enforcement officers and
may
15not supplant existing local resources. The political subdivision may not reduce its
16expenditures as a result of receiving the grant.
AB189,9 17Section 9. 165.986 (4m) of the statutes is created to read:
AB189,5,2018 165.986 (4m) A political subdivision that receives a grant under this section
19shall submit, annually, or as requested by the department, a progress report that
20includes all of the following:
AB189,5,2321 (a) For each law enforcement officer whose position is funded wholly or in part
22by the grant, an activity report that includes proactive measures the officer has
23taken to achieve the goals identified in the grant application.
AB189,5,2524 (b) Crime reporting information that compares rates of crime in the political
25subdivision at the time it received a grant and at the end of the reporting period.
AB189,6,3
1(c) Other information requested by the department that demonstrates the
2efficacy of the grant in reducing crime or achieving other goals identified by the
3political subdivision or by the department.
AB189,10 4Section 10. 165.986 (5) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB189,6,85 165.986 (5) A city may receive a grant for 3 consecutive years without
6submitting a new application each year.
For each year that a city political
7subdivision
receives a grant, the city political subdivision shall provide matching
8funds of at least 25 percent of the amount of the grant.
AB189,11 9Section 11. 165.986 (6) of the statutes is repealed.
AB189,6,1010 (End)
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