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PSC Agenda Packet 2-23-17 Council Public Safety Committee Council Chambers City Hall February 23, 2017 3:00 p.m. Members: Staff: Others: Councilmember Mendez (chair) City Manager Cliff Moore Councilmember Coffey Police Chief Dominic Rizzi Councilmember D. Gutierrez Fire Chief Bob Stewart Councilmember Lover (alternate) City Prosecutor Cynthia Martinez Brad Coughenour Scott Schafer Agenda Approval of January 26, 2017 minutes New Business Old Business  Domestic Violence PSA/campaign status – Randy Beehler  Domestic Violence work group – Dominic Rizzi/Cynthia Martinez  Welcoming City – discussion topic  Dispute Resolution Center – Community Engagement Ideas – Matt Fairbanks Other Business Information items  People for People 4th quarter 2016 report Recap of future agenda items Adjournment Council Public Safety Committee December 1, 2016 MINUTES Members: Staff: Councilmember Carmen Mendez (chair) City Manager Cliff Moore Councilmember Kathy Coffey Chief Dominic Rizzi, Police Councilmember Dulce Gutierrez Chief Bob Stewart, Fire Scott Schafer, Public Works Cynthia Martinez, Prosecutor Bronson Faul, Legal Jeannett Mora, Police Services Mgr. Brad Coughenour, SunComm Terri Croft, Police The meeting was called to order at 3:35 p.m.  Approval of minutes of December 1, 2016 It was MOVED by Gutierrez to approve the minutes of the December 1, 2016 meeting as presented. Motion was SECONDED by Coffey. Motion PASSED unanimously. New Business  Police Fees Mora advised the Police Department is presenting an updated to their fee schedule. Several items are related to services that the Police Department no longer provides. Faul noted that most of the fees are set by statute and RCW. It was MOVED by Coffey to move to the full council with a recommendation by the committee to approve. Motion was SECONDED by Gutierrez. Motion PASSED unanimously.  SAFER Grant Stewart presented an update on the SAFER grant. In the last grant cycle, the grant covered 100% of firefighter costs, however, the new grant cycle requires some cost sharing. The timing of the SAFER grant ties in nicely with the negotiations for the Union Gap fire service contract. When the initial contract was drafted with Union Gap, 9 Union Gap firefighters were brought over to the Yakima Fire Department. However, 9 firefighters is not sufficient to create a fully operational unit. This shortage has created an impact on the fire department’s overtime. The Fire Department intends to negotiate three additional firefighter positions into the Union Gap service agreement. The revenue from Union Gap for the additional firefighter positions would be used to offset the cost sharing requirements of the SAFER grant. The Fire Department is looking for direction from the committee on if they should proceed with the application process. Mendez asked if the Fire Department would continue negotiations with Union Gap for the three additional firefighters even if the grant was not received. Stewart advised they would. Gutierrez asked if adding the three firefighters would take the department to the 90 authorized positions. Stewart advised that it would increase the authorized compliment to 93 firefighters. Stewart also advised of upcoming retirements and the amount of time it takes to recruit, hire, and train new firefighters. Stewart explained that the overtime impact of not having a full operational unit was not to address large events, it is to keep minimum/adequate staffing levels. It was MOVED by Coffey and SECONDED by Gutierrez to move the item to the full council with a recommendation of the committee to approve. Motion PASSED unanimously. Old Business  Private Ambulance Dispatch Fees Stewart reported that after the council meeting addressing the ambulance dispatch fee proposal, he and Coughenour agreed to meet with representatives of the ambulance companies and EMS. In that meeting, it was determined that the ambulance companies are not completely opposed to paying a fee, however, they do not transport on every call they are dispatched to, and do not have any means to recoup their fees. The item will be discussed with the EMS and Fire Chiefs’ boards to prepare a counter proposal, and staff will meet with the ambulance companies again in March. Stewart also advised there was a possibility of direct payment from the EMS levy to SunComm. Coughenour stated that part of the issue was that the dispatch service is a county-wide service, but expenditures are covered by the City of Yakima. Coffey agreed that the overages were resting on the City of Yakima and the underlying issue was that of fairness. Gutierrez advised that she had spoken with Councilman Lover and he had many questions and concerns, and asked if there would be any opportunity to address those questions. A study session is scheduled for April for this issue. Coffey requested that Councilman Lover’s questions be submitted to staff in advance so they could have the answers prepared for the study session. There was clarification as to some of the topics presented at the council meeting that are not relevant to the fee proposal.  Domestic Violence Mendez noted that domestic violence appears to be more prevalent in our city than in other cities and asked what measures the police department was taking to address domestic violence. Rizzi advised that the role of the police department was to make arrests in DV cases, refer the cases for prosecution, and identify trends. He noted that treatment is a social issue and is not within the purview of law enforcement. Rizzi stated that there can be difficulties in providing information to service providers due to privacy issues. Martinez added that DV cases are prosecuted in municipal court, making up 20-25% of the case load. She noted that DV cases are the most time and labor intensive cases to prosecute. Gutierrez asked how Yakima could incorporate a system to prosecute offenders when there is a non-cooperative witness. She also asked how additional training could be obtained for prosecutors. Martinez advised that they do prosecute cases with non- cooperative witnesses, and hope to host a training in Yakima to improve that process. She also stated that they Legal Department sends one prosecutor each year to the DV Symposium at Seattle University. The limitation on training is due to a limited training budget. The cost for one prosecutor to attend is approximately $1000, most of which are travel expenses. Coffey asked if the YWCA might co-sponsor the training. She inquired about the PSAs regarding DV, stating that she had not seen or heard any follow up on them. Moore advised he would get a report from Beehler on when the PSAs ran. Coffey advised she would like to see a full, well-rounded media campaign and business plan to address domestic violence. There was discussion of a possible work group with the police chief, city prosecutor, victim/witness assistance program, YWCA, and other partners to coordinate current efforts. Staff will review the need for a work group. This item will remain on the February agenda. Other Business  Welcoming City Resolution NCBC recommended to move the Welcoming City topic to the Public Safety Committee for further discussion, in order to include input from the police chief. Mendez did not feel there was enough time to discuss the issue in the present meeting and requested it be put on the February Public Safety Committee agenda. Gutierrez supported this request and Coffey opposed it, believing the topic was politicized and further discussion was not necessary. Discussion will be limited to the proposed resolution. The committee requested Rizzi prepare information on the police department’s current practices, and identify pros and cons to the resolution. Mendez requested that the Dispute Resolution Center have a representative present at the next meeting and that it be held in Council Chambers to allow for community input. Recap of Upcoming Agenda Agenda items for February 23, 2017:  Domestic Violence PSA campaign status  Discussion of Domestic Violence Work Group  Welcoming City resolution Adjournment Meeting was adjourned at 4:25 p.m. Approved: MEMORANDUM To: Yakima City Council Public Safety Committee Members From: Communications & Public Affairs Director Randy Beehler Subject: Domestic Violence Prevention Public Service Announcements Campaign Date: February 9th, 2017 Council Public Safety Committee members, In late 2016, the City of Yakima launched an initial run of domestic violence prevention public service announcements ("PSAs"). The campaign was initiated in response to an increase in incidents involving domestic violence in the Yakima area that, in some cases, resulted in the severe injury or even death of parties involved in the incidents. In consultation with YWCA Yakima, the City's Community Relations office contacted the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence ("WSCADV") to determine if already- produced television PSAs could be utilized for the City's domestic violence prevention campaign. The WSCADV has a long-standing partnership with the Seattle Mariners to produce multi-media materials for the WSCADV's "Refuse to Abuse" campaign. Each year, popular Mariner players and other high-profile personnel serve as spokespeople for the campaign, which includes airing domestic violence prevention PSAs on television outlets statewide. WSCADV representatives welcomed the City's use of its already-produced PSAs. The City was provided with "Refuse to Abuse" PSAs featuring Mariner pitching ace Felix Hernandez, Mariner 3rd baseman Kyle Seager, and Mariner Manager Scott Servais. All of the PSAs provided were 30 seconds in length. From the Community Relations advertising account, $1,000 was allocated for the initial run of "Refuse to Abuse" PSAs. Through Charter Media, a four-week run of PSAs was designed. The run began on December 28th and ended on January 20th. The "Refuse to Abuse" PSAs are specifically targeted to a male audience in order to send a message to that particular demographic that domestic violence is not tolerated by sports personalities. Accordingly, the "Refuse to Abuse" PSAs were aired on popular channels geared toward the male 18-54 demographic including Freeform, the NFL Network, ESPN and ESPN 2, and Bravo. Because of the large inventory of airtime available in the post-holiday season, the City was able to secure very favorable prices for the PSA run. Additionally, as is it regular practice, Charter provided several free airings of the PSAs given the City qualifies as a non-profit entity. As a result, over the course of the four-week run, 154 "Refuse to Abuse" PSAs were aired on a variety of channels. In addition to securing permission to utilize the WSCADV-produced PSAs, the Community Relations office has been in contact with NO MORE, a national domestic violence prevention organization, regarding utilizing its various multi-media materials locally. NO MORE uses National Football League players and other well-known athletes in several campaigns including No Más, Get Off the Sidelines, Speechless, NFL Players Say No More, and Excuses. NO MORE representatives have given the City tentative approval to utilize its television and radio PSAs, educational materials, and other information in Yakima. Final approval is expected to be received soon. Once that permission is received, NO MORE PSA runs will be created. The Community Relations office looks forward to continuing to build partnerships with established domestic violence prevention organizations for additional PSA campaigns and other efforts in Yakima.