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File #: 36603    Version: 1 Name: LEAP contract with DAIS
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 12/17/2014 In control: BOARD OF ESTIMATES (ended 4/2017)
On agenda: 1/20/2015 Final action: 1/20/2015
Enactment date: 1/23/2015 Enactment #: RES-15-00040
Title: Funding Law Enforcement Advocate Partnership (LEAP) through Domestic Abuse Intervention Services
Sponsors: Paul R. Soglin, Paul E. Skidmore, Larry Palm, Marsha A. Rummel, Lisa Subeck, Michael E. Verveer, Scott J. Resnick, Ledell Zellers, Steve King
Fiscal Note
The Police Department 2015 Operating Budget includes $60,000 for LEAP contracted services with DAIS.  Subsequent year funding will be requested in the Police Department's Operating Budget requests and is subject to the approval by the Common Council.
Funding Law Enforcement Advocate Partnership (LEAP) through Domestic Abuse Intervention Services
WHEREAS, domestic violence continues to be an issue that affects all residents of Madison and Dane County, including a recent homicide/suicide, and;
WHEREAS, the Madison Police Department (MPD)  is often a first responder to domestic violence calls and is frequently engaged in resolving domestic violence situations, and;
WHEREAS, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, Inc. (DAIS) is a critical community services agency that provides Madison and Dane County resident education and training, crisis information, emergency shelter, and support groups for abuse victims, and;
WHEREAS, the City of Madison Police Department files over 1,300 criminal charges with the Dane County District Attorney's Office related to the investigation of domestic violence, and;
WHEREAS, in 2011 a successful pilot project called Law Enforcement Advocate Partnership (LEAP) was created with the Madison Police South District and DAIS designed to support victims of domestic violence by creating a mechanism for Police Officers to make a referral to DAIS and a staff member follows-up directly with the victim, and;
WHEREAS, this partnership resumed in 2013 and expanded in 2014 to all police districts; and,
WHEREAS, in 2014 through September, MPD made 303 referrals based upon a very specifically designed criteria, and DAIS contacted all of them, resulting in 178 follow-up conversations; and,
WHEREAS, 97% of victims contacted and surveyed reported that they learned at least one new strategy or resources that will help them plan for their safety; and,
WHEREAS, MPD and DAIS have reviewed and improved the referral protocol process to reach more victims of domestic abuse,
WHEREAS, the victims also received additional information about actions the police took, decreasing negative impressions of police officers, police and the criminal process thereby increasing the likelihood that victims will contact Police if there is additional need; and,
WHEREAS, DAIS is the only local domestic violence agency who can partner with MPD for this program; and,
WHEREAS, over the past four years MPD and DAIS have established a strong relationship and partnership, resulting in improved delivery of service to victims of domestic violence, and both agencies desire this relationship and partnership to continue into the future; and,
WHEREAS, the Police Department has allocated $60,000 per year for the LEAP program in its 2014 and 2015 budgets.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Madison authorizes an ongoing LEAP partnership between MPD and DAIS.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that MPD and DAIS will annually review and seek to improve the referral protocol and program outcomes to reach more victims of domestic abuse.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Mayor and City Clerk are authorized to sign a five (5) year contract with Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, Inc. to provide LEAP services as described above, if funding is available in annual Police Department budgets.