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Two border counties, including Pima, to get state money for border crime

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

There will be new help for local law enforcement dealing with border and drug crime.

The state of Arizona now says it wants to give Pima and Cochise Counties a total of $600,000 for deputies to work with the new Department of Public Safety Border Strike Force.

Up until now, some border sheriffs, including Pima County's, had not been sold on the state's plan.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department said they had felt the state needed to reassess priorities.

Among the changes, the sheriffs wanted DPS to put more highway patrol officers on more freeways and to patrol after 10 p.m. According to Pima County, those two issues have been addressed.

Under the new plan, the Pima County Sheriff's office said its Border Interdiction Unit will benefit by getting two DPS officers added to the unit.

Plus, the state will provide $225,000 to pick up most of the cost for three Pima County Sheriff's deputies currently in the unit.

The county is providing a 25 percent match.

Cochise County is getting $375,000 to handle most of the cost of five deputies.

The state also is giving $125,000 grants to each of the four border counties, including Pima County, to help with prosecution and jail costs stemming from border-related crime.   

The state has said Santa Cruz and Yuma Counties are not receiving money for task force officers because they can't provide the matching 25 percent.

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