Funding boost will increase staffing for Arizona Border Strike Force

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Gov. Doug Ducey announced a $2.9 million funding boost for the Arizona Border Strike Force, a group that teams multiple law enforcement agencies for border enforcement.

The funding, included in the state’s 2019-20 budget, will add 12 Department of Public Safety troopers to the strike force to help it reach the goal of having daily around-the-clock coverage along the border, Ducey said Wednesday during a press conference.

The force combines officers from federal, state, county, tribal and local law enforcement agencies to help secure Arizona’s border and prevent drug smuggling and human trafficking.

Ducey, who gathered with Department of Public Safety and law enforcement officials from around the state, said the Strike Force already has had an effect since it was established in September 2015.

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