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Aug
21
2015
City awarded grant for public safety data sharing

The City of Yuma was pleased to learn this week that it has been awarded a grant to support the mobile data sharing efforts of the Yuma Police Department and other public safety agencies – efforts that enhance those agencies abilities to fight crime while improving officer safety. The City of Yuma Police Department requested the funding to help pay for air card airtime charges and Internet access for virtual private network communications with mobile data computers.

City awarded grant for public safety data sharing

Nearly $43,000 for YRCS

The City of Yuma was pleased to learn this week that it has been awarded a grant to support the mobile data sharing efforts of the Yuma Police Department and other public safety agencies – efforts that enhance those agencies abilities to fight crime while improving officer safety.

U.S. Attorney John S. Leonardo announced Tuesday,  Aug. 18 that $42,924 in grant funds were awarded to the City by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (“BJA”), which is a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (“OJP”).

The grant money will be used by the Yuma Police Department for its share of participation in mobile data sharing between members of the Yuma Regional Communications System (YRCS).

“The objective for our project is to tie all County agencies together in order to share information between them as needed,” said Kitzya Leal Quintero, grant writer for the City of Yuma. “Without this funding, the Yuma County law enforcement agencies would struggle to complete this project.”

Created in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, YRCS is an award-winning collaboration of nearly all local, state, tribal and federal public safety agencies in the region surrounding Yuma. It started out as a way for various public safety agencies to be able to contact one another via radio while also maintaining secure connections to their respective home bases.

Since then, YRCS has gone on to add joint computer-aided dispatch and a records management system, allowing inter-agency sharing of real-time data. This can help coordinate responses between YPD and other agencies such as the U.S. Border Patrol when, for example, a suspect they are following travels into the Yuma city limits.

The City of Yuma Police Department requested the funding to help pay for air card airtime charges and Internet access for virtual private network communications with mobile data computers. This allows sharing of information between YPD and the other county-area public safety agencies.

“Supporting our local law enforcement agencies throughout Arizona is a primary goal of our office,” said Leonardo, U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, in a news release. “We encourage all agencies to be proactive and apply for future grant funding through our Office of Justice Programs.”