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Cochise County awarded grant to help make communities safer

Posted: 4:17 PM, Jun 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-28 01:38:11Z

Cochise County has been awarded more than $265,000 to help local communities stay safe and tackle crime.

The grant has been awarded by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission to the County Attorney's Office and the Sheriff's Office as part of its Drug, Gang and Violent Crime Control program. 

County Attorney, Brian McIntyre told board supervisors, "This is a renewal of a continuing agreement," and Lt. Sean Gijanto told the board that the funding was critical to the efforts of reducing crime and controlling drugs.

The County Attorney receives $145,705, with the county matching funds of $36,426, which is used to pay attorney who prosecute drug and violent crime.

The Sheriff's office receives $120,192 to help pay overtime for employees and benefits. The money helps members of the Special Operation Division units stop the selling and smuggling of drugs as well as human smuggling. 

The Board voted to approve accepting both grants.