- Associated Press - Saturday, November 7, 2015

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) - The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office is receiving $1 million from the state for a new communications center.

The Sierra Vista Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1SAcTe9) that Gov. Doug Ducey presented a check while visiting the Boys and Girls Club in Sierra Vista on Friday.

The funds come from unused grants authorized by the governor’s office.

The sheriff’s office already had $500,000 allocated for communication improvements.

Ducey says Sheriff Mark Dannels told him during personal meetings that his agency needed to complement their efforts at a local and state level.

Dannels praised Ducey for following through on the agreement to provide the funding.

The regional communications center will be constructed next summer. Officials say it will facilitate better interagency communication between local law enforcement and emergency responders.

Rural residents will also get radios.

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Information from: Sierra Vista Herald, http://www.svherald.com

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