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Grant Funding Secured by Willcox Police Department for Technology Upgrades

The Willcox Police Department in Arizona recently received a grant of $1.37 million from the Department of Emergency and Military Affairs to improve their technology. The funds will be used to enhance surveillance capabilities that will assist in combating smuggling activities along the southern border.

Police Chief Dale Hadfield stated that the department used the grant money to purchase license plate cameras, radios, computers, and vehicles. Upgrading their technology was deemed necessary as the city’s streets are frequently utilized by smugglers transporting both migrants and drugs. According to Hadfield, the license plate cameras are strategically placed throughout the city near entry and exit points.

The new vehicles purchased with the grant money include canine units and a faster car for pursuits, which will enhance the department’s capabilities. Additionally, new computers were purchased to enable better communication with law enforcement agencies across the state through radios. While the cameras do not operate continuously, they will capture images of vehicles passing by. If a license plate captured by the cameras matches one in an open police report, law enforcement will be alerted. Hadfield emphasized that the cameras are not meant to prevent crimes but rather serve as an investigative tool to help solve crimes after they occur.

Reporter Alexis Ramanjulu covers news in Cochise County for KGUN 9 and has a background in journalism from her time at the Herald/Review in Sierra Vista. With only 11 officers on staff, this small police department is greatly benefiting from this grant investment in technology upgrades that allow them to monitor criminal activity passing through their city more effectively than ever before. For story ideas or tips, you can contact Alexis by email at [a

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