Several of the Gila County Attorney's programs have received a boost with assorted grant funds totaling $106,464, with $21,338 in local match money required.
The funds will enhance drug prosecution cases and also be used for the Crime Victim Assistance Program and the Victims' Rights Program.
"The grants are specific to particular functions of my office," County Attorney Daisy Flores explained.
Flores' office received a $75,947 Drug Control and System Improvement Grant for the prosecution of drug cases. The grant includes $52,765 in federal funds, $17,588 in state funds, and a local match of $17,588. The Crime Victim Assistance Program Grant was for $19,580 from the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission and requires a local cash match of $19,580. The county attorney received a $28,525 Victims' Rights Program Grant from the Office of the Attorney General.
Flores outlined the use of the funds:
- The Drug Control and System Improvement Grant for $75,947 from the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission is to be used to enhance drug prosecution cases. This grant is directly linked to the grant received by the county to fund the Gila County Narcotics Task Force. "We receive a proportional share to assist in the prosecution of all drug cases. We have one attorney fully funded out of this grant who prosecutes matters throughout the county," Flores said.
- Crime Victim Assistance Program Grant Agreement for $19,580 from the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission and Victims' Rights Program Grant Agreement for $28,525 from the Arizona Attorney General's office. -- These two grants are dedicated to providing services to any victim of a crime throughout Gila County. These grants help to fund a full-time Victim Advocate, Victim Program secretary, and other secretarial staff in Globe and Payson. The AG grant is specific to ensuring notification to victims of court proceedings.
When asked how the funds are distributed between the northern and southern parts of the state, Flores said, "My office has a budget that covers all of its functions countywide. I do not have a specific budget for northern or southern Gila County as our staff is in both locations and the grants go to fund multiple positions and personnel that work in both offices."