SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO PURCHASE ROBOT FOR BOMB, BARRICADE CALLS

SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO PURCHASE ROBOT FOR BOMB, BARRICADE CALLS

Sheriff Juan Hernandez’s next deputy won’t collect a paycheck but will respond to the most dangerous calls received by the department.

Using a $50,000 grant secured by Sen. Pete V. Domenici, Hernandez has announced that he will purchase a robot that can be used to retrieve suspicious packages or to enter homes where suspects are barricaded and may present a threat to officers.

“This money will be used to purchase a remote-controlled device that will assist our SWAT team and bomb-disposal units in handling dangerous packages and dangerous situations,” Hernandez said. “This technology is being used in bigger departments all over the country with great success. I’m very grateful to Sen. Domenici for his assistance in securing the funds to allow a department of our size to purchase and deploy this cutting-edge technology.”

Hernandez said Domenici also secured $425,000 for Police Athletic League programs statewide. Nine police and sheriff’s agencies, including DASO, will use the funds to implement programs dealing with health and domestic-violence issues.

“Our department was one of the first in the state to use the PAL programs for broader applications than just boxing and organized sports,” Hernandez said. “In addition to continuing to support the core programs of PAL, we will use our portion of the state funding to bolster the PAL program across the county in ways that will further benefit youth and strengthen families.”

For more information on the new appropriations and their intended uses, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.