On September 23, 2008, the National City Police Department applied for a three-year Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (CEDV) grant through the State of California. The grant provides the National City Police Department funding to assist in providing a more comprehensive police response to domestic violence cases that occur within National City. The grant was approved by the City Council at the May 19, 2009 City Council meeting. The grant pays for 1/2 of the salary of one police officer assigned full-time to follow up on domestic violence cases involving children in the household. The remainer of the officer’s salary will come from the National City Police Department’s budget. The grant also covers any equipment needs, such as laptop computers, as well as any training needs for the officer assigned to the program.
In addition, the grant provides funding for the National City Police Department to sub-contract with South Bay Community Services for one full-time victim advocate to complete follow-up responses to domestic violence cases in National City in which children are involved or in the household. As well as funding to pay 1/4 of the salary for a clerk from South Bay Community Services. The grant funding also partially covers reimbursement for one full-time Social Worker from the San Diego County Department of Social Services. The remainder of the salary for the Social Worker comes out of the County Department of Social Services budget.