By Rachel Twoguns
U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona John S. Leonardo announced that the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) awarded the City of Yuma $42,924 in grant funds, according to a City of Yuma press release.
The Yuma Police Department will use the money for its part in the participation of mobile data sharing between members of the Yuma Regional Communications System (YRCS).
Kitzya Leal Quintero, grant writer for the City of Yuma, explained in the news release that the goal of the project is to “tie all county agencies together in order to share information between them as needed.”
Quintero noted that without the funding it would be difficult for the Yuma County law enforcement agencies to complete this project.
YRCS is an award-winning collaboration of almost all local, state, tribal and federal public safety agencies in the region surrounding Yuma. It was created in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and it began 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.
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