News from the City of Indio
Indio, CA: The city of Indio announced today that it has been awarded grants that will add new resources in public safety for the community.
The first grant in the amount of $1,949,000 was awarded by the State of California Department of Finance. The city of Indio is receiving $1,169,000, with another $780,000 allocated for the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission.
The city of Indio’s portion of the grant will allow the Indio Police Department to add new resources, including a behavioral health specialist; another quality of life officer to help facilitate the health and safety of members of the community; and a transportation van and more.
“This grant was accomplished through a tremendous team effort, and I would like to specifically recognize Senior Management Analyst Erika Martinez in preparing a successful application,” said Indio Police Chief, Mike Washburn. “Erika worked collaboratively with a number of people, including representatives from the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, in order to put together the proposal for this grant – which will increase and enhance our work with the homeless in our community.”
The other grant was awarded by the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Program. The grant – created by the U.S. Department of Justice/Bureau of Justice Assistance – supports all components of the criminal justice system, such as evidence-based policing programs, and personnel and equipment purchases. The city of Indio is receiving $34,941 from this grant which will provide a community outreach coordinator who will focus on juvenile crime prevention and other community outreach programs.
“These grants will be instrumental in helping the city of Indio really make an impact in the health and safety of our residents,” said Mayor Elaine Holmes. “Grants such as these supplement city funds so we are able to develop programs and resources that will really make a difference in the lives of those we serve.”
About the City of Indio
The City of Indio is the largest and fastest growing city in Riverside County’s Coachella Valley with over 89,000 residents. Nearly 1.4 million people visit Indio every year to attend its world famous arts, food, and music festivals. With nationally recognized public safety services, exceptional schools, great parks and senior and teen centers, no wonder over 3,000 new housing units are in construction or being planned throughout the city in addition to new hotels, restaurants and retailers. Indio was the first city incorporated in the Coachella Valley on May 16, 1930, and is governed by an elected City Council that employs a City Manager. The City of Indio embraces its diversity and provides outstanding municipal services to enhance the quality of life for its residents, visitors and the business community.