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Wed, June 26

Prescott Valley police awarded several grants

The Prescott Valley Police Department was awarded several grants to help it provide better service to the community, said spokesman Sgt. Brandon Bonney.

Police will use a $23,363 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant to purchase five eCitation units patrol officers will use to reduce the amount of time taken to process traffic citations, Bonney said. The Byrne/JAG Program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions, Bonney said.

The department will use an $8,000 grant from the Yavapai County Community Foundation to buy and train a new K-9, now that Joey, who has served as a patrol and narcotics search dog for the department for the past five years, is ready to retire, Bonney said.

The Arizona Department of Homeland Security gave the department $400,000 to help buy mobile radios, handheld radios and related equipment needed for the regional interoperability project, Bonney said.

The project strengthens information sharing, preparedness, response and recovery during terrorist incidents or other catastrophies.

The department also received a grant of $21,690 from the Arizona Governor's Office on Highway Safety that it will use to pay officers overtime for speed enforcement details and buy a new speed trailer in its efforts to reduce the number of collisions in the area, Bonney said.

The Prescott Valley police also received a $25,100 grant from the GOHS 2011 Highway Safety Plan that the department will use to pay officer overtime for DUI saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints and buy window tint meters, Bonney said.

"Grants such as these allow us to maintain a high level of service for our citizenry," Bonney said.

"We are very grateful to receive this type of assistance and have found the Governor's Office of Highway Safety to be a strong partner committed to public safety in the state," Bonney said.

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