Arizona Police Troopers Seek $78 Million in Funding for State Facilities | Crime and courts


“We’re basically putting earrings on a pig,” Hawkins said. “They did their best, but it’s not enough for 400 people.”

Despite the construction of a new crime lab building in 2007, Hawkins said that soldiers are not allowed to use this building due to securing evidence.

In addition to space issues, the building also has congested traffic, an unreliable power supply, and insufficient security. With the funds, DPS hopes to reconstruct a new two-story building to provide a safer working environment for employees and better service to the community.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety hopes to receive funding to rebuild its Tucson headquarters, as well as other facilities throughout the state.

Mamta Popat, Arizona Daily Star

Tucson isn’t the only place DPS buildings suffer. Hawkins said many buildings have had asbestos issues and some offices are even run from single- or double-wide trailers.

Benson’s office operates in a flood plain and employees were unable to access the office for two weeks last year because it was flooded, Hawkins said. Offices in northern Arizona do not have heating or air conditioning, which requires them to use a radiator.

“To think that’s where your state police are running their organization,” Hawkins said. “We believe this is long overdue.”

Since the DPS is a general fund, they have to lobby to try to get funding. On Tuesday, Hawkins made a presentation to the Senate Appropriations Committee on infrastructure needs. Hawkins said the members were “shocked.”


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