The Mesa Police Department (MPD) traffic unit was formally awarded four Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) grants for fiscal year 2016. The following grants will support MPD commitment to its community; sponsoring public awareness and promoting safe roadways. The MPD received the following grant awards:
- DUI Enforcement: $120,000 for DUI task force events (Octoberfest and back to school [ASU]), major holiday DUI task force, department training, HGN refresher courses and drug recognition expert (DRE) schools.
- Selective Enforcement: $50,000 for back to school enforcement, school and child safety enforcement and driver education.
- Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer: $169,000 (50/50 federal and DUI abatement funds) to purchase headspace gas chromatograph/spectrometer (HS/GC/MS) and proficiency in lab testing.
- Crime Lab Grant: $10,000 for paid overtime to lab employees to decrease backlog of DUI cases.
The MPD Traffic Unit was also awarded the following GOHS grants for fiscal year 2017:
- DUI Abatement Grant Program: $101,000 will support police personnel services overtime, DUI task force events and employee-related expenses to DUI enforcement.
- DUI Enforcement Overtime: $100,000 will go to major holiday task force and DUI enforcement-related to patrol district projects.
- DUI OT ($75,000); Educational Materials ($5,000): $80,000 will fund continuous DUI enforcement, DUI task force and material and supplies for Know Your Limit events.
- Traffic Enforcement Overtime: $70,000 for back to school enforcement and speed enforcement.
GOHS is fundamental in the progress, direction and advancement in public safety programs throughout the state of Arizona. To accomplish set goals, GOHS awards grant funding to various law enforcement agencies, including fire departments and non-profit organizations. GOHS plays a critical role in maintaining safe roadways for its citizens.
For more information about GOHS, visit: https://www.azgohs.gov.