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COOLIDGE — The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has awarded the Coolidge Police Department with a $21,000 grant to combat intoxicated driving and speeding.

CPD said the latest funding amount is just one of many examples of an ongoing effort between the department and GOHS to fund proactive and educational programs in Coolidge.

“The importance and appreciation of these grant funds to our community can’t be overstated,” said Coolidge Police Chief Jim Malinski.

GOHS addresses highway safety issues by providing funding to programs seeking to reduce speeding, impaired driving and distracted driving along with programs that strive to increase seat belt and child safety seat usage.

Monies from the grant will go to support two programs at the police department. Of the funding, $15,000 will provide salaries for officers to participate in saturation DUI patrols throughout 2020 and will also enable the purchase of related DUI supplies.

In addition, $6,000 will cover salaries for officers that work speed enforcement patrols in designated areas of Coolidge.

“The support that GOHS Director Alberto Gutier provides the Coolidge Police Department allows police officers to make our streets and highways safer for our citizens and those who travel through our city,” Malinski said.

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