Upgrading Technology: Willcox Police Department Receives $1.37 Million Grant to Enhance Surveillance Capabilities

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.

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.

With only 11 officers on staff, the Willcox Police Department will benefit from having additional surveillance tools to monitor criminal activity passing through the city. The new radios purchased with the grant money will enable better communication with law enforcement agencies across the state. Additionally, new vehicles, including canine units and a faster car for pursuits, were purchased to enhance the department’s capabilities.

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. For story ideas or tips, you can contact Alexis by email at alexis.ramanjulu@kgun9.com or connect with her on Facebook.

The Willcox Police Department has received a grant of $1.37 million from the Department of Emergency and Military Affairs to improve their technology in order to combat smuggling activities along

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