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Woodbury Council briefs: Bulletproof vests, more transportation funding needed

Police department signs with Dakota County to use new system

Woodbury City Council approved an agreement between the Woodbury Police Department and Dakota County to utilize an information network locally.

As part of the Wednesday, May 25, consent agenda, the agreement will allow the department to use Dakota County's Criminal Justice Information Integration Network (CJIIN) for "eBriefing."

The Woodbury Police Department will pay $1,417 in 2011 to have 85 users connect to the CJIIN. Funding for the CJIIN will be paid through a budget transfer from the DWI forfeiture account, according to a council memo.

The eBriefing application will allow officers to access information from laptops in their squads. They'll be able to get real-time information on missing or wanted persons, warrants, stolen vehicles, drivers license status and other information from driver and vehicle services.

CJIIN is a unique partnership between Dakota County and cities in the state of Minnesota. It uses the latest advancements to make timely, accurate and relevant information available to officers, attorneys, judges and probation officers that work together.

Force receives funding for bulletproof vests

The Woodbury Public Safety Department received a grant of about $6,600 to purchase bulletproof vests.

The council approved a resolution to authorize the acceptance of the federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs.

The city recorded grant revenue in the amount of $4,829 for vests purchased in 2010 and is eligible for reimbursement.

The Bulletproof Vest Partnership was created by the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998 to protect the lives of law enforcement officers by helping state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies provide officers with armored vests.

The program reimburses law enforcement agencies for up to 50 percent of the total cost of each vest order.

Only vest models that have been tested and found to comply with applicable standards may be purchased with BVP funds. The Woodbury Police Department has participated in this program since 2001.

In February 2011, Woodbury police submitted an application to the BVP Program requesting reimbursement for nine vests that were purchased in 2010 totaling $9,659. The expenditure was covered by general fund dollars. The Department of Justice approved the reimbursement for $4,829, or 50 percent of the expenditure.

City asks for increased transportation funding

Woodbury City Council members adopted a resolution Wednesday, May 25, requesting Washington County to increase its funding to provide a high quality transportation system.

"Transportation safety, mobility and the movement of goods is fundamental and vital to the quality of life of residents and the vitality of businesses in Washington County. "Without good transportation facilities, the cities and Washington County cannot sustain nor continue to compete with other areas to increase their population, employment and tax base," according to a council memo.

During their joint meeting on March 30, the cities of Woodbury and Cottage Grove agreed that more transportation and infrastructure funding is needed from the county.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.