City of Coral Gables
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File #: 18-8146    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 11/28/2018 In control: City Commission
On agenda: 12/11/2018 Final action: 12/11/2018
Enactment date: 12/11/2018 Enactment #: 2018-303
Title: A Resolution authorizing an expenditure in the amount of $55,000 from Federal Forfeited Asset Fund (F.A.F.) moneys, for law enforcement equipment; the acquisition of the BolaWrap and associated equipment, for utilization by the Coral Gables Police Department.
Attachments: 1. Item Title Cover Memo-$55,000-BolaWrap-WORD, 2. Resolution-$55.000-BolaWrap-WORD, 3. FAF Summary Memo to CM-11.16.2018 (signed), 4. Verbatim Transcript - CCMtg Dec 11 2018 - Agenda Item D-1 - Resolution authorizing an expenditure of $55,000 and the acquisition of the BolaWrap and associated equipment (1)
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A Resolution authorizing an expenditure in the amount of $55,000 from Federal Forfeited Asset Fund (F.A.F.) moneys, for law enforcement equipment; the acquisition of the BolaWrap and associated equipment, for utilization by the Coral Gables Police Department.

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The Coral Gables Police Department participates with federal law enforcement agencies of the United States Departments of Justice, Treasury and/or Homeland Security in joint law enforcement investigations. The Coral Gables Police Department’s participation in those joint federal - local investigations produces federally seized funds. At the discretion of the United States Attorney General under United States Statute: 18 U.S.C. Section 981 (e)(2), and 21 U.S.C. Section 881 (e)(1)(A) and (e)(3)(b), the Coral Gables Police Department may lawfully receive equitable shares of the federally seized funds at the conclusion of the legal proceedings.

The “Guide to Equitable Sharing for State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies” by the United States Department of Justice provides that the equitably shared forfeited asset funds resulting from the participation of a local agency in investigations with Federal law enforcement agencies may be utilized by the participating local agency for law enforcement equipment.

The Coral Gables Police Department has identified a need for a physical restraint and less-lethal option for Officer and public safety. The BolaWrap is a unique handheld remote restraining device that discharges an eight-foot bola-style Kevlar tether. This tool has been tested by the Department and was determined to be an effective approach in slower evolving incidents, as it impedes a subject’s mobility and does not rely on pain compliance in any way. The Department intends for this acquisition to serve as an initial deployment, with units issued to Sergeants of the Uniform Patrol and Specialized Enforcement Divisions, as to personnel assigned to the S.W.A.T. unit.

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