Seizure/Forfeiture Publication Information: Please be advised, effective immediately, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will publish all notices pursuant to § 932.704(6)(a) of the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act, §§ 932.701-706 in the Business Observer. For retail purchase locations, subscriptions or any additional information regarding the Business Observer, please contact their Tampa Bay offices directly at: Business Observer, 412 East Madison Street 4, Suite 911, Tampa, Florida 33602; Phone: 813-221-9505 or online at www.businessobserverfl.com. Justice Assistance Grant – Public Notification DATE: August 3, 2020 TO: The Citizens of Pinellas County FROM: Sheriff Bob Gualtieri SUBJECT: Justice Assistance Grant - Public Notification I am taking this opportunity to inform you that the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), as the implementing agency for Pinellas County, and the St. Petersburg Police Department (SPPD), as the implementing agency for St. Petersburg, are proposing to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding delineating the amount of U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds each will receive. The information that follows provides details on the JAG, as well as the County’s and the City’s proposed use of JAG funds. Background: The County of Pinellas, Florida (County) and the City of St. Petersburg, Florida (City) are units of local government appearing on the FY2020 Units of Local Government List as eligible to apply for Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds. It has been determined that the County and City have a disparate allocation of JAG funds in that the City is scheduled to receive at least one and one half times more than the County, while the County bears more than 50% of the costs of incarceration that arise for Part 1 violent crimes reported by the geographically constituent units. As a result of this disparate certification, the County and the City have agreed to submit a joint application for the aggregate of JAG funds ($162,473.00). PCSO, the County and the City will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will be submitted, as specified in the JAG Local Solicitation, to the Office of Justice Programs during the grant submission process. The County and the City have agreed to allocate $81,236.50to the County and $81,236.50to the City. The County, through PCSO, will serve as the applicant and fiscal agent and will ensure the application will be made public through the agency’s public website. PCSO will complete risk assessments and oversee monitoring of sub-awards and contracts that expend JAG funds, including the City, on behalf of the County. The City will provide the County with information to assist with the development of any fiscal and/or programmatic reports that will be required of the JAG program. Use of funds: The County, through PCSO, will utilize its FY2020 JAG funding individual allocation for the acquisition of new undercover vehicles to support the Tactical Investigations Section (TIS) and their mission to improve public safety and reduce crime in Pinellas County. The Tactical Investigations Section was established in July 2020 by consolidating three (3) units that include the Violent Offender Warrant Unit (VOWU), Tactical Surveillance Unit (TSU), and the Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF). The City will utilize its individual allocation to sustain and continue several of the SPPD crime prevention and law enforcement initiatives. JAG funding will be used to enable the provision of overtime for police officers to concentrate on specific issues at designated geographic and temporal points within the City more effectively. Funds will be used to sustain and supplement prevention programs such as the Community Resource Centers, select and targeted social media initiatives, the use of rental vehicles for special investigations, and volunteer programs supported by the department. Additionally, SPPD will utilize the funds to continue an enhanced recruitment effort.