/ Modified sep 17, 2018 12:28 p.m.

Sheriff Criticizes Stonegarden Vote, Says Department to Continue Enforcement

Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier says that despite the funding loss Pima County will continue "almost identical" enforcement.

This month the Pima County Board of Supervisors voted to stop accepting a federal grant that funneled millions into the sheriff's department for over a decade. Homeland Security offers Operation Stonegarden grants to state and local law enforcement agencies for work done in cooperation with Border Patrol. According to the sheriff's department, between 2006 and 2018 it received nearly $16 million through Stonegarden.

Sheriff Mark Napier has been a vocal critic of the decision to end the grant. He explained how its termination affects operations going forward.

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