BISBEE — Cochise County’s Board of Supervisors has approved funding agreements amounting to more than $3 million to help provide probation, courts and public safety services to residents.
At its regular meeting on Oct. 22, the Board accepted a total of $2,900,159 from the Arizona Supreme Court on behalf of the Adult and Juvenile Probation departments.
The monies fund services and staff for treatment and intervention programs for substance abuse and sex offenders, as well as standard and intensive probation supervision.
The state’s Administrative Office of the Courts provides funding annually to Cochise County to help offset the costs of administering local adult and juvenile probation services. The Board heard the state provides approximately 80 percent of funding for adult probation, but the County shoulders a significant portion of juvenile services expenditures, due to the cost of running juvenile detention.
Additionally, the Board accepted an award of $17,700 by the state’s Office of the Attorney General to support the direct costs of implementing victims’ rights laws impacting juvenile probation and the courts.
In other business the Board approved a memorandum of understanding between the County and the Department of Public Safety in the amount of $166,666.66. These funds will be used to offset some of the expenses incurred by the County when it prosecutes and jails individuals charged with drug trafficking, human smuggling, illegal immigration, and other border-related crimes.
A further $34,754 was approved at the request of the Office of Emergency Services to help increase readiness in the event of a major incident.
The two State Homeland Security grants will provide regional technical rescue equipment, to be held by Sunsites-Pearce and Fry Fire Districts for use across Cochise County. A total of $2,500 will also be used to train and deploy the Community Emergency Response Team, a volunteer group trained to augment emergency responder efforts during a large-scale incident or disaster.
— Submitted by Amanda Bailie/Cochise County