Sheriff's Office offers to write grant for Tusayan

Collaboration still in preliminary stages

TUSAYAN, Ariz. - The Coconino County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) have offered their grant writing services to the Tusayan Town Council to help with the hiring of career law enforcement officers, an offer discussed during the council's May 4 meeting.

Still in the preliminary stages, Town Manager Enrique Ochoa said he was unsure of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) hiring grant amount, but after he meets with the CCSO tomorrow, he said he will be able to report more details to the council.

"It seems as though they are trying to make some gestures of cooperation," Ochoa said. "I don't know how you want to read it, but from my perspective, if they are going to help us get money, then so be it."

Council member Reuter favored the county's assistance and said he saw no downside.

"I think it is a well thought out pursuit, I think we should direct our town manager to work with CCSO on it. When the grant is secured it will benefit both the town of Tusayan and Coconino County," Reuter said.

The motion to pursue the COPS hiring grant was passed. Ochoa will return back with more information for the council in order for them to decide if they want to proceed.

The application date for the grant opens May 2, closing May 25.

According to information on the COPS website, www.cops.usdoj.gov, community policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies, which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques, to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime.

Approximately $200 million will be available for the COPS Hiring Program in FY 2011.

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