Sen. Kelly Secures Over $4.4 Million for Police Departments, Public Safety Efforts Across Arizona in Government Funding Bill

Kelly-secured funding will support police station upgrades, more patrol vehicles, and medical equipment for first responders

Today, Arizona Senator Mark Kelly announced that he secured over $4.4 million for police departments and public safety efforts in cities and towns across Arizona in the recently passed government funding bill. The Kelly-secured funding will support law enforcement efforts near the border, the purchase of new patrol vehicles, updates to a mobile command center, and more medical equipment like cardiac monitors and CPR administrators for first responders. 

Kelly also successfully secured increased funding for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program and the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, as well as the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. 

“As a former EMT and the son of two police officers, I know just how critical it is for our law enforcement and first responders to have the resources they need to keep Arizonans safe,” said Senator Kelly, a 25-year Navy combat veteran. “Our work to secure these increased investments will help reduce crime, boost public safety, and improve emergency response efforts across our state. I will continue to work with Republicans and Democrats to ensure that our law enforcement and first responders have the tools they need to do their jobs safely and effectively.”

“On behalf of the men and women of the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, I appreciate the efforts of Senator Mark Kelly in helping keep our team members and community safe. This collective effort is a recipe of success by governmental leaders serving communities,” said Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels. 

“Thanks to the funding secured by Senator Kelly, the Fry Fire District will continue to provide life-saving treatment across southeastern Arizona for years to come. This funding will help us replace several cardiac monitors that have all but exceeded their own life expectancy, and the new monitors will be used across our rural service area to provide thorough medical assessments and critical treatment to more than 3,500 patients each year,” said Fry District Fire Chief Mark Savage. “Giving our paramedics in the field the technology to transmit vitals to emergency physicians in real time will streamline the transition from ambulance to the ER, thereby providing better and faster patient care that will enable us to save more lives.

“The City of Sedona is grateful to Senator Mark Kelly for his diligence and leadership on the hard-fought passage of the final omnibus budget bill which will provide much-needed funding for our police department’s emergency operations center and other critical public safety projects,” said Mayor of Sedona Sandy Moriarty. 

For a full breakdown of the funding secured by Kelly, see the table below:

Location

Amount

Project Description

Cochise County Sheriff’s Office – Public Safety Equipment

$246,000 

The Sheriff’s office will implement a new monitoring program and purchase ballistic shields to protect personnel from gunfire. They will also purchase safety and radio equipment to support Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers, as well as buy a large capacity prisoner transport vehicle. 

Fry Fire District – Cardiac Monitors 

$105,000 

This will be used to purchase cardiac monitors so the fire district, which has been stretched to assist with COVID-19 in the community, can continue to provide adequate emergency services. 

City of Glendale – Mobile Command Center  

$715,000 

Glendale’s Mobile Command Center will provide updated technology to serve law enforcement functions and also serve as a backup Emergency Operations Center for frequent large events and potential natural disasters in the region. 

Lake Havasu City – Police Station & Jail Refurbishment 

$1,778,000 

Lake Havasu City will upgrade and rehabilitate the nearly 30-year-old police station and jail to provide a new roof and HVAC system, replace the flooring and existing cast iron waste system, and upgrade the jail cells, doors, locks, and fire safety system. 

Town of Mammoth – Public Safety Patrol Vehicles 

$140,000 

The Town of Mammoth will purchase new and reliable patrol vehicles with this funding. 

Pinal County Emergency Operations Center

$250,000

Pinal County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be renovated, improving the operational coordination, communication, and public information for one of the fastest-growing counties in Arizona.

City of Sedona – Emergency Operations Center

$900,000

The will expedite the renovation and remodeling of the existing public safety facility to meet the needs of the police department and serve as a small emergency operations center (EOC). 

Superstition Fire & Medical District – CPR Devices

$116,000

This will be used for implementation of a CPR device that provides high-quality compressions delivered automatically, allowing first responders to expedite the use of other lifesaving tools that enhance the survivability of patients who are in cardiac arrest.

Williamson – Fire and Medical District 

$160,000

This will be used to purchase six 15-lead cardiac monitors (three each) for Williamson Valley Fire District and Mayer Fire District.

 

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