Gilbert police to use grant money on road safety

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The Gilbert Police Department will use nearly $142,000 in grant money on road safety initiatives. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Gilbert Police Department will use nearly $142,000 in grant money on road safety initiatives. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has granted the Gilbert Police Department nearly $142,000 for federal fiscal year 2020-21, which started Oct. 1.

The funds are intended to be used to help make Gilbert’s roads safer, police officials said.


The grant will funding to allow officers to work overtime providing traffic enforcement in the areas of speed, at $45,000, and DUI enforcement, at $70,000.

The grants will also include $11,861 for the purchase of a drone and drawing software for the traffic investigations unit to use in investigating serious vehicle collisions.

Additionally, the highway safety office provided $15,000 to allow drug recognition expert instructors to travel throughout the state to address the training needs of Arizona officers in detecting impairment of persons under the influence of drugs. Those funds cover a 13-month period, which started Sept. 1.
By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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