Council approves grants supporting SVPD

Adam Curtis Public Affairs Press Releases

The Sierra Vista City Council unanimously approved the acceptance of three grants that will support and enhance Sierra Vista Police Department activities at its regular meeting on Thursday night.

Two of the grants were awarded by the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).

One grant, totaling $31,829, supports DUI/impaired and aggressive driving enforcement efforts throughout the community and surrounding areas. The grant reimburses the City for $21,429 in overtime and $8,571 in Employee Related Expenses tied to deployments conducted in the greater Sierra Vista area and throughout the county as part of the Southeastern Arizona DUI Task Force activities. The grant also reimburses the City for the purchase of four Portable Breath Testers in the amount of $1,829.

The second grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety covers the $5,220 cost to purchase two LIDAR speed detecting devices. This supports the department’s participation in the GOHS Selective Traffic Enforcement Program, which includes deployments to reduce aggressive driving and enforce child safety restraints, among other traffic violations.

The final grant was awarded via the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, which administers the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. SVPD is an affiliate agency of the Arizona ICAC Task Force and receive a grant in the amount of $5,000 for training, investigations, computer forensics, and public awareness in connection with Internet Crimes Against Children.

In other business the City Council unanimously approved the 2020 Title VI Nondiscrimination Plan for Vista Transit. The Commission on Disability Issues also presented a Sierra VistAbility Award to Sierra Toyota.

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