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Arvada Police awarded $12,500 marijuana impact grant

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The State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs awarded the Arvada Police Department a $12,500 Marijuana Impact Grant.

The grant is available only to cities that have a moratorium on marijuana sales — no retail, medical, testing or growing facilities.

Arvada Police will use this grant funding to increase the size of its crime lab sink and install a safety shower and eye wash area.

“There is an increased workload caused by marijuana brought in, sold and shipped through Arvada,” said Arvada crime scene detective Matt Archuleta.

“There are chemicals that can be used to process items faster for fingerprints, but require a safety shower to be available in case of accidental spills or contamination.”

Purchasing an upgraded and larger sink, safety shower, and eyewash will allow the Police Department to process marijuana items using faster and more efficient methods.

Arvada Police also requested funding to purchase supplies to create a marijuana detective field kit. This kit will include small equipment and tools to assist detectives working on illegal marijuana cases. Cell phone and mobile data devices along with computers are used commonly by suspects to communicate about illegal marijuana transactions, keep logs of transactions, take pictures of product, and conduct counter surveillance. The field kit will provide tools for immediate evidence collection from cell phones and mobile data devices in a manner designed by best practices to preserve the evidence and analyze information faster.

“We are utilizing the funds available to our city to combat crimes caused by illegal marijuana grows in Colorado,” said Arvada Mayor Marc Williams. “We want to keep our community safe and this is one more way we can do it.”

This is the third time Arvada has applied for and received the Marijuana Impact Grant since the program started in 2016. To date, the department has received $82,500 and has used the funds for a marijuana processing trailer, equipment, task force training and officer attendance at the Colorado Drug Investigators Association events.

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