A boost in funding for the Victims’ Rights Program and for improved security measures of the city court are among the items the Glendale City Council will consider at its next meeting.
The council meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, and the meeting will be available for live streaming through Glendale 11 here.
The consent resolutions include a request for the council to adopt a resolution authorizing the city manager to accept money from the Arizona Supreme Court FY21 court security improvement grant in the amount of $20,000 on behalf of the Glendale City Court, 5711 W. Glendale Ave., and to authorize purchasing and installing Kevlar protective barriers in the courtrooms.
The court has been working with facilities department over the past few years to improve security measures at the court, according to the city. The court took a grant opportunity to secure an additional $20,000 through an Arizona Supreme Court security improvement grant.
The improvements will assist the court in meeting the security standards established by Supreme Court Administrative Order 2017-015 that requires courtroom benches and staff work areas in courtrooms be reinforced with bullet-resistant material.
The Kevlar protective barriers purchases will be made pending council approval to accept the grant award.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the council will consider adopting a resolution authorizing the city manager to enter into agreement with the State of Arizona, Office of the Attorney General, and accept the Victims’ Rights Program Award in the approximate amount of $57,500 on behalf of the Glendale Police Department.
The city has been accepting funding from the Victims’ Rights Program Award through the State of Arizona Office of the Attorney General for more than 20 years. Victims’ Rights Program Award money is granted to offset costs associated with the performance of duties mandated under victims’ rights laws.
The Victims’ Rights Program Award money supports the Victim Assistance Unit within the police department, which provides services to Glendale residents and families who have become crime victims. Services include resource referrals, crisis counseling, court accompaniment, crime prevention and advocacy services.
The money provided through the Victims’ Rights Program Award has aided the Glendale Police Department and prosecutor’s office with staffing, informational material and technology necessary for the timely notification of victims regarding the status of their cases and the status of arrested suspects moving through the criminal justice system.
If council approves the action, Glendale Police will use the money to continue to subsidize the salary and benefits for a part-time victim assistance caseworker, as well as operating costs for the victim notification database, the publication and distribution of victims’ rights brochures and costs associated with victim notification.
In other scheduled action Tuesday, the council will consider approving two liquor licenses in town: at Pizza Hut, 5825 W. Bell Road, and Charley’s Sports Grill, 8110 W. Union Hills Drive.