Motorcycle units coming back to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 4:16pm
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Money from Arizona’s medical marijuana program will help the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office bring back motorcycle patrols for the first time in more than a decade.

The agency has been given a six-figure grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has not had motorcycle patrols since 2008 due to a lack of deputies and funding.

In a news release, Sheriff Paul Penzone said he’s heard a lot about dangerous drivers. He called motorcycles one of the most effective tools to promote traffic safety.

Penzone’s deputies will ride five new motorcycles thanks to a $167,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, which drew a $10 million transfer from Arizona’s medical marijuana fund, after voters legalized recreational cannabis.

The highway safety office still has more than 40% of the money left to give out as grants.

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