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Published on Friday, April 3, 2015

Criminal justice items in the budgets

AWC has been closely monitoring budget impacts to several law enforcement programs cities rely upon. These include the Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA), gang-intervention program funding, auto theft prevention, public defense grants, and the impaired driver safety account. Here’s where they stand.

BLEA

Both the House (HB 1106) and Senate (SB 5077) budget proposals include funding for BLEA and continue to require law enforcement agencies to directly pay 25% of the cost to send officers to training. Agencies will also be required to continue to pay the costs of ammunition. The House also includes additional funding for three BLEA classes in 2016 and five classes in 2017.

Gang intervention grants funding

The House budget retains funding at $250,000 per year, while the Senate increases that amount to $500,000 per year.

Auto theft prevention

The House budget funds the auto theft prevention program at $7.4 million. The Senate funds it at $8.6 million.

Public defense grants

Both the House and Senate budget proposals fund the Office of Public Defense with public defense grants expected to continue at current levels.

Impaired driver safety account

The House budget funds the account at $1.7 million, a small increase over the 2013-2015 biennium. The Senate budget funds the account at $1.4 million.

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