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.
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 3
165.986 (5); and to create
165.986 (1c), 165.986 (2) (a) and (c) and 165.986 (4m) 4
of 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:
20.455 (2) (kb) of the statutes is amended to read:
(kb) Law enforcement officer supplement grants.
The amounts in the 2
schedule to provide grants for uniformed
law enforcement officers under s. 165.986. 3
All moneys transferred from the appropriation account under s. 20.505 (1) (id) 3. 4
shall be credited to this appropriation account. Notwithstanding s. 20.001 (3) (a), the 5
unencumbered balance on June 30 of each year shall be transferred to the 6
appropriation account under s. 20.505 (1) (id).
165.986 (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
(title) Beat patrol and specialized officers; grant program.
165.986 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 165.986 (1m) and 10
amended to read:
The department of justice shall provide grants from the 12
appropriation under s. 20.455 (2) (kb) to cities
to employ 13
additional uniformed law enforcement officers whose primary duty is beat 14
patrolling. 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
A city political subdivision
may receive a grant for a calendar year if the city
for 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.
165.986 (1c) of the statutes is created to read:
In this section:
(a) “Political subdivision” means a city, village, town, or county.
(b) “Specialized law enforcement officer” means a law enforcement officer 2
whose primary duties and assignments relate to achieving a law enforcement or 3
public safety goal that is identified by a political subdivision under sub. (2) (a).
165.986 (2) of the statutes is renumbered 165.986 (2) (intro.) and 5
amended to read:
(intro.) A city
applying to the department of 7
justice for a grant under this section shall include a submit to the department of
8justice all of the following:
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)
The grant moneys that a city political subdivision
receives under this 12
section 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, 14
1994, 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)
165.986 (2) (a) and (c) of the statutes are created to read:
(a) Defined goals toward which the grant funds will be applied, 20
using data that identify specific problems and that may be used as a measurement 21
of progress toward the identified goals. If grant funds will be used for salary and 22
fringe benefits of a specialized law enforcement officer, a description of the officer's 23
duties and their relation to the goals identified in this paragraph.
(c) If the applicant has received a previous grant under this section, a statement 2
of its progress in reducing crime or achieving other goals related to the purposes for 3
which it received the grant.
165.986 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
During the first 6 months of the first year of a grant, a city political
may, with the approval of the department, use part of the grant for the 7
payment of salary and fringe benefits for overtime provided by uniformed law 8
enforcement officers whose primary duty is beat patrolling or by specialized law
. A city political subdivision
may submit a request to the 10
department for a 3-month extension of the use of the grant for the payment of 11
overtime costs. To be eligible to use part of the first year's grant for overtime costs, 12
the city political subdivision
shall provide the department with all of the following:
(a) The reasons why uniformed law enforcement officers assigned to beat patrol 14
duties or specialized law enforcement officers
need to work overtime.
(b) The status of the hiring and training of new uniformed law enforcement 16
officers who will have beat patrol duties or of specialized law enforcement officers
(c) Documentation that a sufficient amount of the grant for the first year will 18
be available, during the period remaining after the payment of overtime costs, to pay 19
the salary and fringe benefits of the same number of uniformed officers whose 20
primary duty is beat patrolling or of specialized law enforcement officers
that the 21
grant originally planned to pay.
165.986 (4) of the statutes is renumbered 165.986 (4) (a) and 23
amended to read:
(a) The department shall develop criteria which, notwithstanding 25
s. 227.10 (1), need not be promulgated as rules under ch. 227, for use in determining
the 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
The department shall review any application and plan submitted under
10sub. (2) to
determine if that each
plan, and statement of progress
11submitted under sub. (2) (c) or (4m)
meet the requirements of this section.
The grant that a city
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
not supplant existing local resources. The political subdivision may not reduce its
16expenditures as a result of receiving the grant.
165.986 (4m) of the statutes is created to read:
A political subdivision that receives a grant under this section 19
shall submit, annually, or as requested by the department, a progress report that 20
includes all of the following:
(a) For each law enforcement officer whose position is funded wholly or in part 22
by the grant, an activity report that includes proactive measures the officer has 23
taken to achieve the goals identified in the grant application.
(b) Crime reporting information that compares rates of crime in the political 25
subdivision at the time it received a grant and at the end of the reporting period.
(c) Other information requested by the department that demonstrates the 2
efficacy of the grant in reducing crime or achieving other goals identified by the 3
political subdivision or by the department.
165.986 (5) of the statutes is amended to read:
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
receives a grant, the city political subdivision
shall provide matching 8
funds of at least 25 percent of the amount of the grant.
165.986 (6) of the statutes is repealed.