Maricopa County has been awarded $500,000 to start and expand programs to track down felony fugitives.
The county Board of Supervisors accepted the federal stimulus funds for law enforcement Wednesday in a grant from Gov. Jan Brewer.
The money will be distributed to the county sheriff’s and attorneys offices, the juvenile probation department and the adult probation office.
County officials say Maricopa County has one of the highest number of outstanding felony warrants in nation and that the grant will help Arizona attack the problem and make it a public safety priority.
There are now the 8,563 outstanding probation violation warrant cases in the county.