Sheriff’s Office gets grant for five new vehicles

SAFFORD — The Graham County Sheriff’s Office will soon be getting five new vehicles.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Monday an agreement between the Sheriff’s Office and Arizona Department of Public Safety for $480,000 that will be used to purchase five new 4×4 vehicles fully outfitted for law enforcement.

“As you all know, it’s hard to come up with a bunch of money like that, just all at once, to go do those things. But we look for lots of grants,” Sheriff PJ Allred said.

The funds come from DPS’ Local Border Support program, which are used to help law enforcement combat human trafficking and enforce immigration laws.

The Board of Supervisors also unanimously approved a memorandum of agreement between DPS and the Sheriff’s Office for GIITEM funding.

The Sheriff’s Office will receive $100,000 that must be used to enforce immigration and employer sanction laws, combat drug smuggling and human trafficking and combat gang activity. It can also be used for county jail costs related to illegal immigration.

The Sheriff’s Office is considering using the money to purchase and train a new K9 officer; however, if that is the final determination for the funds, the expenditure will be brought back before the Board of Supervisors for final approval.