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					                 M I N U T E S
            MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2005 – 8:00 a.m.
    PALM BEACH COUNTY CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMISSION

                   McEaddy Conference Room
                  12th Floor, 301 N. Olive Avenue
                    West Palm Beach, Florida


Members Present:                       Members Absent:
Dale Armstrong                      Sharon Bock
Moses Baker                         Ric Bradshaw
Rosalyn Baker                       Barbara Cheives
James Barr                          Frank Davelli
Paulette Burdick                    Roy Davidson
Delsa Bush                          Jorge Dominicis
Lori Croy                           Mike Driscoll
Max Davis                           George Elmore
Douglas Duncan                      Ron Klein
Jeff Favitta                        Barry Krischer
Edward Fine                         Rick Lincoln
Carey Haughwout                     Wendy Sartory Link
Feirmon Johnson                     Roxanna Trinka
Randy Johnson, Sr.
Harry Johnston
Andrew Lourie
Carl McKoy
Warren Newell
Leo Noble
Gerald Richman
Art Johnson
Staff Present:
L. Diana Cunningham, Executive Director
Gerald Wardrop, Criminal Justice Manager
Sandi Nadolny, Administrative Assistant
Linda Painter, Administrative Secretary
Michael L. Rodriguez, Sr. Criminal Justice Analyst
Margo Evans, Financial Analyst
Wayne English, Visual Planning Technologies Coordinator
Michael Grant, CJC Program Evaluator
Faith Martin, Community Justice Service Center Coordinator
Candee Carigma, Criminal Justice Analyst
Shairette Major, Financial Analyst
Brenda Oakes, Weed and Seed Coordinator
Becky Walker, Truancy Interdiction Coordinator
Chris Jellinek, Criminal Justice Analyst
     Minutes – Criminal Justice Commission Meeting                                    Page 2
     April 25, 2005

             Guests Attending:
             Max Beverly, Justice Services Director
             Vince Bonvento, Assistant County Administrator
             Karen Brill, Clerk and Comptroller’s Office
             Chief H. C. “Skip” Clark, II, Juno Beach Police Department
             Joseph Doucette, Office of Financial Management and Budget
             Karen Heidtman, Clerk and Comptroller’s Office
             Pedro Medina, Office of Financial Management and Budget
             Nancy Watson, Office of Financial Management and Budget

     (AGENDA ITEMS IN BOLD)

     I.      Welcome – Chairman Leo E. Noble
     II.     Roll Call
             Roll call was taken and a quorum was present.
     III.    Introduction of guests
             Chairman Leo Noble welcomed members and invited guests to introduce
             themselves.
     IV.     Approval and/or additions to the Agenda
Action:      By unanimous vote on a motion made by Mr. Davis and seconded by Mr.
             Barr, the agenda was approved.
     V.      Approval and/or additions to the minutes of the March 28, 2005
             Criminal Justice Commission meeting
Action:      By unanimous vote on a motion made by Mr. Davis and seconded by Mr.
             Barr, the minutes of the March 28, 2005 Criminal Justice Commission
             meeting were approved.
     VI.     Chairman’s Comments
             A.      Announced that West Palm Beach City Commissioner Ike Robinson,
                     Chief of Police Delsa Bush, Mayor Lois Frankel and the West Palm
                     Beach City Council extended an invitation for all CJC members to
                     attend their ribbon cutting Wednesday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m. The
                     ribbon cutting ceremony will commemorate the completion of the
                     renovation of the building at 2107 Tamarind which will become the
                     new site of the West Palm Beach Community Justice Service Center.
             B.      Reported the graduation of the 14th Citizen’s Criminal Justice
                     Academy which was held Monday April 18, 2005 in the Jury
                     Assembly Room, Main County Courthouse, 205 No. Dixie Highway,
                     West Palm Beach, with State Attorney Barry Krischer as the keynote
                     speaker and 25 graduates. The 15th Citizen’s Criminal Justice
                     Academy will be held August 29 – November 7, 2005 at the North
                     County Courthouse.
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April 25, 2005

        C.      Welcomed Chris Jellinek, new CJC Criminal Justice Analyst who
                started on April 11th. Chris was employed at the Florida Department
                of Corrections for six years and is graduating May 6, 2005 with his
                Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Florida Atlantic
                University.
        D.      Expressed congratulations to Ms. Edith Bush, Chair of the
                Community Justice Service Center’s Citizens Advisory Board, who
                was presented with the Sun-Sentinel Publisher’s Community Service
                Award honoring outstanding citizenship on April 12, 2005.
        E.      Expressed congratulations to the West Palm Beach Police
                Department and Youth Affairs Juvenile First Offender Program
                (JFOP), in collaboration with the Community Justice Service Center,
                for being awarded a National Youth Service Day mini-grant from the
                National Youth Court Center and the Office of Juvenile Justice and
                Delinquency Prevention. This was the second consecutive year the
                program has received the award.
        F.      Noted that Youth Violence Prevention Coordinator interviews were
                completed by Max Davis, Youth Violence Prevention Steering
                Committee Chair, and Diana Cunningham, CJC Executive Director.
                A candidate has been selected contingent upon Human Resource’s
                final approval process.

VII.    Executive Director’s Comments
        A.      Ms. Cunningham announced that the CJC website will be updated by
                Chris Jellinek, new CJC analyst. She asked that any updated
                information members would like included be sent to him.
        B.      Ms. Cunningham thanked Max Davis for acting as CJC
                representative on the annual Prison Tour, coordinated by Judge
                Gerber. Mr. Davis commented that it was an amazing opportunity
                and very educational. He encouraged members to go if given the
                opportunity.
VIII.   New Business
        A.      The Funding Allocation Committee recommends:
                1.       CJC approval to recommend to the Board of County
                         Commissioners (BCC) the allocation of $589,200 in
                         Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds, formerly known as
                         Byrne Grant, to support seven continuation programs
                         and expansion of the Community Justice Service Center
                         program into the Westgate area as follows:
                         CJC program administration         $58,920               1 staff for
                                                                     program administration
                         Community Justice Service Center   $39,762 Therapist for Westgate
                         Drug Court                         $150,000       Treatment Family
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                         Re-Start                                  $18,500          1 staff for Civil
                                                                                        Drug Court
                         Forensic Accounting                      $45,000     Forensic accountant
                         New Hope                                 $38,528      Community Policing
                                                                                              officer
                         Violence Against Women                    $60,000              1 Domestic
                                                                                   Violence officer
                         Community Justice Service Center          $54,255               Treatment
                         [Staff note: Although the total amount was correct, the
                         listing in the agenda above omitted a line as follows:
                         Community Justice Center - $124,235 – 2 staff for CJSC
                         expansion to Westgate. The vote will be brought back at
                         the next meeting to include that line.]
                         Ms. Cunningham reviewed the past practice of the Byrne
                         Grant Committee’s recommending the allocation of funding of
                         Byrne Grant funds. She noted that since federal funding had
                         been cut drastically, the CJC had agreed to recommend that
                         only continuing programs be funded and the Committee would
                         not meet this year.
       Action:           It was moved by Mr. Davis, seconded by Ms. Burdick and
                         unanimously carried to recommend to the BCC the allocation
                         of $589,200 in JAG funds, formerly known as Byrne Grant, to
                         support seven continuation programs and expansion of the
                         Community Justice Service Center program into the Westgate
                         area as listed above.
                 2.      CJC approval to recommend to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC)
                         the allocation of $710,467 in funds from the $1 million funding source for
                         continuation of eight existing programs and staff as follows:
                         Law Enforcement Planning Council          $220,159      3 staff & program
                                                                                          expenses
                         Weed & Seed administration               $ 82,530              Countywide
                                                                 Coordinator & operating expenses
                         Crime Analysis/Prgm Administration          $4,325 Partial funding for 1
                                                                                               staff
                         Drug Court                                $ 35,000               Secretary
                         Community Justice Services Center         $130,453             Countywide
                                                                 Coordinator & operating expenses
                         Belle Glade Weed & Seed                   $38,000 Program Coordinator
                         Delray Beach Weed & Seed                  $100,000            Replace lost
                                                                                    federal funding
                         Riviera Beach Weed & Seed                 $100,000            Replace lost
                                                                                    federal funding
                         In answer to a question by Mr. Lourie about the LEPC
                         funding, Ms. Cunningham explained that certain staff positions
                         were being moved to accommodate vacancies and needs.
                         Chief Bush indicated her concern regarding the ability of
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April 25, 2005

                         municipalities to continue Weed and Seed sites at their
                         established levels. She explained that she did not believe that
                         West Palm Beach could support both Weed and Seed and
                         Community Court programs. She questioned whether it was
                         worthwhile to continue trying to support a program that may
                         go by the wayside without additional federal funding. Ms.
                         Cunningham stated that the federal funding was not the issue
                         and agreed that the amounts listed would not be sufficient to
                         totally fund the sites. Ms. Cunningham did not believe the
                         sites would be terminated and that the municipalities would
                         either continue the established programs or subcontract their
                         services.
       Action:           It was moved by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Barr and
                         unanimously carried to recommend to the BCC the allocation
                         of $710,467 in funds from the $1 million funding source for
                         continuation of eight existing programs and staff as listed
                         above.

        B.       Receive the 2004 Annual Report for approval for 2004 Chair
                 Wendy Link to present to the BCC for May 3, 2005.
                 Ms. Cunningham presented the 2004 Annual Report for the CJC and
                 advised that the report would be presented to the BCC on Tuesday,
                 May 3, 2005, BCC Chambers, 6th Floor, Governmental Center by
                 Wendy Link, 2004 Chair. The time certain will be emailed when it is
                 known.
      Action: By unanimous vote on a motion made by Mr. Randy Johnson, Sr., and
              seconded by Mr. Armstrong, the 2004 CJC Annual Report was
              received for approval for presentation to the BCC.

IX.     Old Business
        None.

X.      Updates
        A.       Report on the National Youth Crime Prevention Conference held
                 in Miami on March 30 - April 2, 2005 - Becky Walker, staff
                 Ms. Walker gave a report on the 16th National Youth Crime
                 Prevention Conference and International Forum held March 30-April
                 2, 2005 in Miami, Florida. Eight adult chaperones and 20 youth from
                 six area schools attended. They were recruited from the Community
                 Justice Service Center, Criminal Justice Academies, Sheriff’s
                 Explorer Program, Weed and Seed Sites and West Palm Beach
                 Police Teen Court. They attended workshops regarding crime
                 prevention programs and exploring solutions forums. All of the local
                 participants made commitments to participate in the Youth Work
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April 25, 2005

                Group, a component of the CJC Youth Violence Prevention Steering
                Committee, and demonstrated leadership skills while there at the
                conference. The chaperones were thanked and Mr. Davis thanked
                the School District for help and coordination.

        B.      Teen Court Update - Michael Grant, staff
                HB1511, sponsored by State Representative Priscilla Taylor, and
                companion SB 1702 (reinstating the $3 offender assessment fee to
                fund Teen Court) are currently pending in their respective Justice
                Appropriations Committees.
                Locally, while Teen Court in Western PBC is currently without a
                permanent school resource officer, cases are still being handled on a
                case by case basis, according to Wilma Roy. The future plan calls
                for the hiring of a resource officer in October who will coordinate the
                program in West County.
                Mr. Grant commented that the Clerk would be collecting the $3
                offender assessment fee if reinstated and would be able to collect
                either the $65 fee or the $3 but not both. Ms. Burdick commented
                that she was in Tallahassee and the low collection rate in Palm
                Beach County was of concern.
        C.      $65 Offender Fee Update [staff note: Ms. Haughwout recommended
                to staff after the Funding and Allocation meeting on April 22nd that
                this matter be referred to the Funding and Allocation Committee.]
                Mr. Bonvento, Assistant County Administrator, asked to give a brief
                comment. He stated that there was a perception that if the $65 fee
                was not collected, programs would be cut. He wanted to advise that
                whatever is not collected of the $65 fees, the BCC is 100%
                committed to fund the balance. He further stated the programs
                funded this year are 100% whole whether fees are collected or not.
XI.     Special Presentations
        A.      Law Enforcement Planning Council (LEPC), H.C. “Skip” Clark, II,
                Chairman, Wayne English, staff
                Chief Clark reviewed the history, purpose and composition of the
                LEPC, which was created in 1992 to advise and make
                recommendations to the CJC and provide a forum for the regular
                exchange of information among agencies. He explained that the
                LEPC works closely with the PBC Chiefs of Police Association. The
                LEPC evaluates policies and plans for ensuring better coordination
                among law enforcement agencies.           Membership includes 29
                municipal Chiefs of Police, the Sheriff, FAU Police Chief and the
                School District Police Chief. Ex Officio membership includes various
                federal state and county agency representatives. Chief Clark
                described the various committees, and acknowledged their chairs,
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April 25, 2005

                including the Countywide Public Safety Training Facility Committee,
                Hurricane Planning Committee, Annual Planning Committee, New
                Chief Transition Committee, Leadership Summit Committee, Taser
                Protocol Committee, and HIDTA Workgroup.                    The 2005
                accomplishments were reviewed as follows: Adoption of the 2005
                work plan; recommendations regarding revisions to the PBC Towing
                and Moving Ordinance; production of a final Hurricane report;
                creation and distribution of a Chief’s Resource Manual; Facilitation of
                Executive Training Courses; development of a protocol to reduce
                the number of no file cases due to officers missing filing deadlines (in
                collaboration with the State Attorney’s Office); countywide staffing
                surveys; Radio Technology Presentation for Chiefs and their staffs;
                and renewal of the Countywide Mutual Aid Agreement. Projects that
                were continued into 2005 are: Working with the State Attorney’s
                Office to develop standards for digital evidence; a Law Enforcement
                Leadership Summit; recommendations for Taser policies to be
                completed in May 2005; monitoring legislation regarding tasers and
                dispatcher retirement; Countywide Public Safety Training Facility
                Project and the monitoring of the countywide radio interoperability
                project. Chief Clark was thanked for his thorough and informative
                update.
        B.      Treasurer’s Report Information, Margo Evans, staff
                Due to time constraints, this item was postponed until next
                commission meeting on May 23.

    XII.     Member Comments

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 a.m.



Approved: _____ _                                  __________________________
            Date                                   Douglas Duncan, CJC Secretary

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