Local police departments announce Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Grants

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Staff Reports

The Graham County Sheriff’s Office and Thatcher Police Department have announced their benefit of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Grants.

Graham County Sheriff’s Office

The Graham County Sheriff’s Office has received a grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for the fiscal year 2019. This grant is in the amount of $12,286 for DUI enforcement overtime and $11,719 for traffic enforcement.

We are very thankful for our partnership with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety as well as the other local agencies that make up the Eastern Arizona DUI Task Force. These funds greatly enhance our abilities to increase public safety on our streets and highways.

We would also like to remind you not to drink and drive and always buckle up. Thank you for your continued support. – Graham County Sheriff P.J. Allred

Thatcher Police Department

The Thatcher Police Department has received two grants totaling $18.000 from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for the federal fiscal year 2020. 

The first grant in the amount of $10,000 will be used to fund officers’ overtime and employee-related expenses to enhance DUI enforcement, Holiday DUI Task Force participation, and education throughout the town of Thatcher. 

The second grant in the amount of $8,000 will be used for officers’ overtime and employee-related expenses to enhance selective traffic enforcement and education throughout the town of Thatcher. 

These grants will allow the Thatcher Police Department the opportunity to deploy officers alongside other local agencies with the Eastern Arizona DUI Task Force for Holiday enforcement efforts and other selected traffic enforcement details.  It will also provide the resources necessary to continue our youth education programs in the schools about the dangers of DUI and traffic safety issues.

We are very excited to have received these grants. We look forward to the opportunity to proactively impact the problems of DUI and other Traffic Safety issues in our community.  We would like to thank the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for their continued support and dedication to the safety of our citizens. – Thatcher Police Chief Shaffen Woods

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