Funding for technology upgrades awarded to Willcox Police Department

The Willcox Police Department in Arizona recently received $1.37 million from the Department of Emergency and Military Affairs to enhance their technology in order to combat smuggling activities from the southern border. With only 11 officers on staff, the department recognized the need for improved technology due to the fact that their streets are frequently used by smugglers for illegal activities involving both migrants and drugs.

Police Chief Dale Hadfield stated that the funds were used to purchase license plate cameras, radios, computers, and vehicles to upgrade their capabilities. The newly acquired license plate cameras are strategically placed throughout the city near entry and exit points. While the cameras are not actively monitored all the time, law enforcement is notified when a captured license plate matches one in an open police report. This allows for the cameras to serve as a post-incident investigation tool rather than a means of preventing crimes. Hadfield emphasized that the cameras significantly increase the chances of identifying suspects and provide valuable leads for detectives.

The technology upgrade also included the purchase of new radios that enable communication with law enforcement agencies across the state, as well as the acquisition of new vehicles including two canine units and a faster car for pursuits. With these additional resources,

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