The Arizona Division of Public Security (AZDPS) has been awarded over $1 million in grant funding from the Arizona Governor’s Workplace of Freeway Security (GOHS), together with $510,000 for the Freeway Patrol Division and $677,000 for the State Crime Laboratory.
The Freeway Patrol Division will make the most of the grant funding for particular enforcement of marijuana-impaired driving, together with growing the variety of skilled drug recognition specialists (DREs) and phlebotomists. The funding may also allow the Freeway Patrol Division to purchase moveable breath testing gear, together with pace enforcement gear corresponding to lidar and radar.
Grant funding for the State Crime Lab shall be used to streamline the evaluation of samples for THC, the psychoactive element of marijuana, and cut back general turnaround occasions for DUI lab testing. Because the passage of medical marijuana in Arizona, the State Crime Lab has seen a gradual improve within the variety of DUI circumstances containing THC. The grant funding will assist the lab reevaluate and optimize its testing processes to accommodate the elevated presence of THC in DUI circumstances.
“Following the passage of Prop 207, AZDPS is grateful to the Governor’s Workplace of Freeway Security for recognizing the necessity to award this grant funding,” mentioned Col. Heston Silbert, Director of the Arizona Division of Public Security. “The funding will assist troopers implement DUI legal guidelines within the state together with growing the turnaround time for THC testing in these DUI circumstances, each of which is able to go a great distance towards enhancing the security of the general public on highways all through Arizona.”