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1/7/2013 6:43:00 AM
Clarkdale may assign officer to gang task force

Philip Wright
Staff Reporter

CLARKDALE - During its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday night, the Town Council will consider assigning one of its police officers to the Arizona Department of Public Safety's gang task force, which is expanding into Yavapai County.

The DPS Gang & Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission (GIITEM) task force is offering to pay 75 percent of all personnel expenses for officers assigned to the task force. The state will pay for all training and provide the officer with a vehicle.

The commitment, under an intergovernmental agreement, is for five years, but may be terminated with one month's notice.

In a report prepared for the council, Police Chief Randy Taylor states, "Assigning an officer to this task force will require that we recruit for an additional officer position to serve in a patrol position in the police department."

The purpose of the agreement, as stated in the IGA, "Shall be to enhance law enforcement services concerning the criminal activities of street gangs...."

Pursuant to the governor's executive order 2005-30, "The parties agree to comply with all applicable federal immigration laws and regulations."

In other action regarding the Clarkdale Police Department, the council will be asked to approve an agreement between the town and the Clarkdale-Jerome School District for reinstatement of a School Resource Officer at the school one day per week.

In a report on the agenda item, Chief Taylor reminded the council that, "The state cut back on the funding for the Safe Schools Program during the recession, and Clarkdale lost its grant funds after having the program for approximately 20 years."

If the agreement is approved, the school district will reimburse the town for the salary and benefits for the officer services.

"The police officer would be available on the school campus for 160 hours during the second semester of the school year, which provides for one eight hour day per week for 20 weeks," Taylor's report explains.

The council meets at 6 p.m. in the Men's Lounge of the Clark Memorial Clubhouse at 19 N. Ninth St.

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