Cochise County has received more than $265,000 in grant funding to help keep local communities safe by tackling crime.


The monies have been awarded to the County Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission as part of its Drug, Gang and Violent Crime Control program.


The $145,705 given to the County Attorney will be used to pay for attorneys who prosecute drug and violent crimes. The County will provide matching funds of $36,426.


“This is a renewal of a continuing agreement,” County Attorney Brian McIntyre told the Board of Supervisors at its regular meeting on June 26. “This grant is intended to ensure the recipient is able to keep up with the flow (of cases) and it also takes away a financial burden.”


In the last 10 years the County has received the grant, it has saved $1.45 million and allowed hundreds of crimes to be successfully prosecuted.


The Sheriff’s Office has received $120,192, which helps to pay employee overtime costs and some benefits. It enables members of the Special Operation Division units to combat the illegal use, selling and smuggling of drugs, as well as illegal immigrant smuggling.


Lieutenant Sean Gijanto told the board the funding was critical to the ongoing efforts to control drugs and reduce crime.


The Board voted to approve accepting both grants.


In other business, the Supervisors approved an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the City of Bisbee for planning, zoning and subdivision development, Design Review Board, and building inspection services.


The IGA allows the County to provide these services, as well as code enforcement activities, for a fixed monthly rate of $2,500. The County will also employ an additional building inspector, paid for by the City of Bisbee.


The agreement will be subject to ongoing review and will now go to the Bisbee City Council for approval.