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					              MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS


  MULTIJURISDICTIONAL NARCOTICS AND GANG TASK/STRIKE FORCES
                            REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
           Grant Application Materials for Calendar Year 2007 Funding

INTRODUCTION

This request for proposals is solicited by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety - Office of
Justice Programs (OJP) for personnel assigned to multijurisdictional drug and gang task forces.

The 2005 Minnesota State Legislature created the Gang and Drug Oversight Council (“Council”)
to provide guidance related to the investigation and prosecution of gang and drug crime. The
Oversight Council was tasked with the responsibility of developing a statewide strategy to
ameliorate the harm caused by gangs and drugs. This strategy may include the development of
protocols, procedures and a structure to best address gang and drug issues in a
multijurisdictional manner. The Council is also charged with the responsibility to establish
multijurisdictional task forces and strike forces to combat gang and drug crime, to include a
metro gang strike force and a gang strike force located in the St. Cloud metropolitan area. The
Council’s duties also include making funding recommendations to the Commissioner of Public
Safety on grants to support efforts to combat gang and drug crime.

The 2006 Minnesota State Legislature appropriated $800,000 in supplemental funding
specifically to “increase the complement of individuals assigned to the criminal gang strike force
and narcotics task forces throughout the state”.(Laws of Minnesota 2006, Chapter 282, Article
13, Section 4, subd. 4).

ELIGIBLE USES OF FUNDS – Funding may be used to partially offset the costs of full-
time officers assigned to task forces for one of the following purposes:

      Creation of new multijurisdictional task forces in areas of the state not currently covered
       by a task force (see Attachment 1 for supplemental requirements), or,
      Participation of new agencies in the Metro Gang Strike Force (see Attachment 2 for
       supplemental requirements), or,
      Addition of gang officers to currently funded Greater Minnesota drug task forces that do
       not have gang officers (See Attachment 2 for supplemental requirements), or,
      Expansion of existing multijurisdictional task forces by adding full-time drug officers from
       jurisdictions within the task force area that are not currently assigning officers, or,
      Establishment of a multijurisdictional St. Cloud Metro Gang Strike Force (see Attachment
       2 for supplemental requirements).



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ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

Local units of government, tribes, county sheriff offices, and police departments are eligible to
apply for funding. If you have a current task force grant with the Office of Justice Programs, the
same fiscal agent should be used for this grant application.

FUNDS AVAILABLE

There is approximately $800,000 available for grants. There is no match requirement for this
funding. Grants will be for 12 months with funding to begin January 1, 2007.

For the seven-county metropolitan area and for the St. Cloud Metro Gang Strike Force, up to
$40,000 can be requested to support personnel costs for each full-time officer. The maximum
per officer reimbursement is up to $50,000 for the balance of the state. Applicants can request
funding for up to 3 officers.
NOTE: This grant does not require that officers funded represent new or back-filled positions that
supplement current effort, but applicants are encouraged to add officers when possible.

APPLICATION PROCESS

All applications will consist of a Project Description Form, Narrative and Budget. All forms and
information are available electronically in MS-Word on the Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
website at www.dps.state.mn.us/OJP

A general description of each component of the 2007 application follows:

I.     PROJECT INFORMATION SHEET- This is the cover page for your application (no other
       cover or transmittal letter is necessary). The form includes contact information, service
       area and federal and state tax identification numbers. Note that it is possible for one
       agency to serve as the recipient of funds (Grantee), while another is responsible for the
       day-to-day operations of the project.

II.    NARRATIVE of no more than 10 double-spaced typewritten pages.

 IF YOU ARE APPLYING TO DO THE FOLLOWING:                 ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
 Establish a new multijurisdictional task force           A1, A2, A4, A5, B1, B5, B6, all of C and D
 Join the Metro Gang Strike Force                         A3, A4, A5, A6, B2, B7
 Add a gang officer to your current drug task force       A3, A4, A5, A6, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, all of D
 Expand your existing task force to add a drug officer    A2, A7 and,
 from a jurisdiction not currently participating          as it relates to the new officer: C1, C3, D3, D4


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 Establish a St. Cloud Metro Gang Strike Force        A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6,


       A.     Needs Statement (USE RELEVANT DATA TO ILLUSTRATE YOUR POINTS):

                 1. What led to the recognition that a multijurisdictional task force was a
                    desired resource for your area? Discuss how traditional methods of local
                    enforcement have been insufficient to address the problems you are having
                    with drugs and/or gangs. How will the effort (targets, strategies, etc.) to be
                    employed by your task force be different from what you have done
                    previously within your local jurisdictions?

                 2. Identify the two drugs that pose the greatest threat and most contribute to
                    violent crime in your area. Detail the availability of these drugs, the major
                    groups involved in distribution and the methods of distribution employed.

                 3. How have you detected gang activity in your proposed service area? What
                    gangs are operating and approximately how many gang members are
                    there? What emerging gang trends are you seeing? How has your gang
                    problem changed over the last 5 years?

                 4. Do the communities within your service area acknowledge a gang and/or
                    drug problem? If yes, what are their primary concerns? If no, how will you
                    inform and engage community members?

                 5. What is the level of gang involvement in drug distribution in your area?
                    Discuss the specific types of drugs and distribution methods being used by
                    gangs in your area.

                 6. In addition to drug dealing, what types of criminal activity are local gangs
                    involved in, and to what extent? Comment on person and property crime,
                    vandalism, community intimidation, competition for territory, firearm
                    violations and other criminal enterprises such as prostitution.

                 7. Describe how your lack of task force personnel has inhibited your success
                    and what you will gain by engaging agencies within your task force area
                    who are not currently participating.

       B.     Design and Partnerships:

                 1. Describe how you determined your proposed task force area in terms of
                    drug and gang enforcement trends, distribution patterns and existing
                    relationships between agencies who will participate in the task force.

                 2. How will you select the gang investigator(s) and what criteria you will use?
                    How will you ensure that the selected officer has or will acquire the
                    necessary training to be successful? Where will your gang investigators be
                    located and why?

                 3. Detail the type of gang activities you will be targeting as well as other


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                      targets or activities that are a part of your plan that is in response to the
                      “needs statement” completed above.

                 4. Describe how you will integrate gang work into your task force operations.
                    How will your gang investigator support, enhance and build on your drug
                    efforts? What benefits will be realized by your gang investigator by being a
                    part of your drug task force? What benefits will be realized by your drug
                    investigators by having a specialized gang investigator as a part of the task
                    force?

                 5. Discuss others you intend to coordinate with who are not members of your
                    task force (local, state and federal agencies, and community agencies and
                    businesses).

                 6. Indicate any training you propose for law enforcement or the public in your
                    area and/or any other type of prevention/intervention programming.

                 7. Describe what your agency brings to the Metro Gang Strike Force effort
                    and what benefit your agency will get from participating as a member of the
                    Metro Gang Strike Force.

      C.     Task Force Elements

                 1. List the agencies that will participate in the task force and what they will
                    contribute in terms of personnel, cash, and in-kind support to the project.

                 2. Describe the command structure of the task force including the role that the
                    Governing Board will play.

                 3. Indicate where task force officers will be located and if not co-located, how
                    will you ensure that the task force operates in a unified and cohesive
                    manner?

      D.     Description of Project/Project Goals

                 1. Detail the offenses you will be targeting as well as other targets or activities
                    that are a part of your response to the priority threats you indicated earlier.

                 2. Describe the strategies you will employ to identify, apprehend, and
                    prosecute drug traffickers and gang members.

                 3. Indicate how coordination will be achieved and intelligence shared within
                    and outside of your task force. Specifically address how you plan to
                    coordinate activities with the Metro Gang Strike Force when warranted.

                 4. Your clearly defined measurable objectives (at least 3) that you have for the
                    grant period and indicate the measures you will use to show your
                    outcomes. (Please consider how you will demonstrate effectiveness
                    beyond output data such as arrests and seizures).



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III.   BUDGET DETAIL FORM and NARRATIVE for the period January 1 through December
31, 2007 is provided. The form must be used to describe how you intend to use your grant
funds and how you calculated the amounts. Note that grant funding is only available for
base salary, OT and related taxes/ fringe benefit costs for full-time task/strike force
officer(s) you are requesting. You must also provide a brief budget narrative describing your
in-kind support to the project (staff, facilities, vehicles, etc.) and any other information that
supports your request.


INFORMATION APPLYING TO ALL APPLICANTS

POST AWARD REQUIREMENTS

◘      Joint Powers Agreement. A sufficiently detailed Joint Powers Agreement (JPA)
       between participating agencies must be submitted by January 1, 2007. The JPA should
       serve to govern both your drug and gang efforts.

◘      Narrative and Data Reporting and Participation in Statewide Evaluation Efforts.
       Grantees will be required to submit quarterly reports in a prescribed manner and
       cooperate with statewide evaluation efforts.

◘      Certifications. All certifications governing compliance with requirements such as
       worker's compensation, data privacy, financial compliance, affirmative action, asset
       forfeiture, and intelligence sharing will be included in the grant agreement.

APPLICATION REVIEW PROCESS

This is a competitive application process that will involve several levels of review. Initially,
reviewers will read and rate applications according to a standardized scoring system.
Reviewers will then meet to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each application and
prioritize the proposals that should be funded. Note that consideration will be given to
geographic distribution of grant awards. Reviewers will also suggest grant award amounts
to be considered for each of the successful applicants. OJP staff will then prepare a summary
of the recommendations of the review group and will provide additional summary information
about each proposed project for the Gang and Drug Oversight Council for their review and
recommendation to the Commissioner of Public Safety. Finally, the Commissioner of Public
safety will review staff comments, supporting documentation and the recommendations of the
Gang and Drug Oversight Council to determine final funding decisions for the year 2007.

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by November 13, 2006. Any appeals of funding
decisions should be submitted in writing by December 1, 2006, to DPS Commissioner Michael
Campion, 445 Minnesota Street, Suite 1000, Bremer Tower, St. Paul, MN 55101-5000.

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APPLICATION TIMELINES

The projected timeline to review applications and award federal and state funds for 2006:

September 11, 2006                 RFP issued

October 6, 2006                    Applications due to OJP (postmark or delivery date)

October 11 - 25, 2006              Application review

November 1, 2006                   Recommendations made by Gang and Drug Oversight Council

November 8, 2006                   Recommendations reviewed and award decisions made by the
                                   Commissioner of Public Safety

November 13, 2006                  Applicants notified of award decisions

Nov. 15 – Dec.15 2006              Grant agreements completed by OJP and mailed to grantees

January 1, 2007                    Grant period begins. Joint Powers Agreements due.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION

An original application, 10 copies and an application on CD-ROM or floppy disk must be
postmarked no later than Friday, October 6, 2006. Delivered applications must be received
by 4:30 on that same date. FAXED, emailed or late applications will not be accepted. Please
staple each copy, but do not include a binder or cover. Applications should be sent to:

                                   Minnesota Department of Public Safety
                                   Office of Justice Programs
                                   444 Cedar Street, Suite 100
                                   St. Paul, MN 55101-5100

                                   ATTN: Multijurisdictional Task Force RFP

Any questions about the application process should be directed to Sue Perkins at (651) 201-
7338 or e-mailed to sue.perkins@state.mn.us NOTE: Any information updates regarding this
Request for Proposal will be posted on the OJP website at www.dps.state.mn.us/OJP

Notification - The State reserves the right to cancel this solicitation if it is considered to be in its best interest. The
State reserves the right to negotiate modifications to the application. The State reserves the right to reject any and
all applications received as a result of this Request for Proposal. The State does not intend to award a grant
contract solely on the basis of any response made to this request, or pay for information solicited or obtained.




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                                          ATTACHMENT 1

In Minnesota, a multijurisdictional narcotics task force or narcotics and gang task force must be
structured in a way that incorporates elements that have proven successful. Those elements
are:

   1. Task force has at least one full-time officer and is comprised of officers from more than
      one law enforcement agency who have as their assignment participation in the task
      force.

   2. Task force officers should be co-located and must be under the operational direction of a
      full-time task force commander. {Note that co-location is strongly preferred, but is not
      required; however, the task force must be a bona fide working unit that operates in a
      unified and cohesive manner.}.

   3. Task force has a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) that addresses a formal framework for
      planning and coordination of case activities. Membership, personnel commitments,
      targets, operations, resources, equipment, use of forfeitures, and management and
      liability would be specific topics that must be addressed in the JPA.

   4. An active governing board is in place that meets at least quarterly and plays a significant
      role in developing task force priorities, budgets, and operational policies and procedures.

   5. There is a designated prosecutor that advises the task force and is a member of the
      governing board. {NOTE: This must be reflected in the Joint Powers Agreement.}.

   6. The task force targets felonies that have the likelihood of being related to the distribution
      of narcotics and/or or other cases that have a multijurisdictional impact, to include
      investigations of gang or narcotics-related human trafficking and domestic or international
      drug trafficking cases

   7. The task force enters data into any statewide system implemented for the purpose of
      information sharing. This includes gang information.

   8. Net forfeiture proceeds must be claimed and used for the benefit of the task force when
      the related case is considered and reported as a task force arrest.




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                                            ATTACHMENT 2


All applicants must agree to the following conditions if they are requesting funding for one or
more gang investigators. These requirements apply to drug task forces with gang officers and
Metro and St. Cloud Metro Gang Strike Forces.

   1. Gang investigators must be full-time and dedicated to gang prevention, intervention,
      investigation and prosecution. Gang officers assigned must be committed for the full year
      of funding.

   2. The assigned gang investigator must be provided with a vehicle and the investigator must
      come outfitted with basic equipment (gun, handcuffs, vest, etc).

   3. Gang investigators must be co-located with the task force they are attached to and must
      be under the direction of the full-time task force commander.

   4. The task force must target gang activity that has the likelihood of being related to violent
      crime, the distribution of narcotics and other cases that have a multijurisdictional impact;
      to include investigations of gang or narcotics-related human trafficking and domestic or
      international drug trafficking cases

   5. The task force and gang investigator must agree to enter data into GangNet and any
      other statewide system implemented for the purpose of information sharing.

   6. The gang investigator must be available to assist other gang and narcotics officers in the
      surrounding or metropolitan area as a part of the statewide Gang Strike Force effort.

   7. In Greater Minnesota, the area you propose to have the gang investigator(s) service
      must, at a minimum, be your defined drug task force area, but it could be larger if it
      addresses an unmet need or follows a pattern of gang activity in terms of drug
      distribution.

   8. Net forfeiture proceeds related to gang activity must be claimed and used for the benefit
      of the gang effort of the task force when the related case is considered and reported as a
      gang arrest.
                       NOTE: in the case of drug and gang task forces, forfeitures related solely to the
                       work of the gang investigator are not reportable as program income in the same
                       manner as they are for the federally funded drug effort.

   9. As the Metro Gang Strike Force and the St. Cloud Metro Gang Strike Force are
      multijurisdictional efforts, participating agencies must sign a Joint Powers Agreement
      (JPA) that does or will address common issues including, but not limited to, the following:
       purpose, scope of work, work location, command structure, terms of participation, terms
      of reimbursement, designation and duties of a fiscal agent and use of forfeited assets.




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