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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Garcia
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2-2-06
HB
SHORT TITLE
LAS CRUCES NARCOTICS POLICE BALLISTIC
VESTS
SB 715
ANALYST Hadwiger
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$10.0
Non-Rec
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Department of Finance and Administration (DFA)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 715 appropriates $10 thousand from the general fund to the Local Government Divi-
sion (LGD) of the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) in FY07 for ballistic vests
for the Metropolitan Narcotics Division of the Las Cruces Police Department.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $20 thousand contained in this bill is a non-recurring expense to the general
fund. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of FY07 would revert to
the general fund.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
DFA indicated the purpose of this bill is to equip members of the Las Cruces police department
who serve on the multi-jurisdictional narcotic task force unit with ballistic vests. These vests
will increase the safety of the officer as the vest withstands a more powerful bullet hit than the
vests that are used by patrol units. These ballistic vests will carry officer equipment as it fits
over the officer's uniform. This task force unit uses dynamic entry when entering into homes of
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suspected drug dealers or users. This type of quick entry places the officer at a higher risk of
danger and therefore in need of the best equipment available. This is particularly true as the offi-
cers find themselves more frequently encountering criminals who possess higher caliber weap-
ons.
ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
DFA/LGD can administer these funds with existing staff.
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