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Governor proposes $2 million to replace remote housing for state troopers

Rachel Leingang//February 12, 2018

Governor proposes $2 million to replace remote housing for state troopers

Rachel Leingang//February 12, 2018

Arizona state troopers could get better housing in remote areas if the governor’s budget proposal is approved by the legislature.

Gov. Doug Ducey (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
Gov. Doug Ducey (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)

Gov. Doug Ducey recommended $2 million to replace “dilapidated” remote housing units and office spaces that Department of Public Safety troopers use in far-flung, rural parts of the state.

Some of the buildings are more than 50 years old, the governor’s budget says, and new units are much more energy efficient, which costs the state less money to operate.

“Further, better living and working conditions offer more incentive for state troopers and their families to remain in or relocate to rural areas,” the budget proposal says.

DPS spokesman Kameron Lee said the remote houses help troopers keep response times low and provide coverage for the less populous areas of the state.

The houses are typically modular homes on land owned by the Arizona Department of Transportation, Lee said.

While on duty, troopers live in the remote housing full-time, Lee said. They may live alone or with a significant other or family, he said. Some travel to the area for the work week then travel back to their homes on the weekends, he said.

There are no health or safety hazards at any of the units right now, he said.

DPS has nearly 60 remote duty houses and nearly 40 area offices across the state, according to Lee. The $2 million in Ducey’s budget would replace a combination of six houses or offices if it’s received, he said.

Most of the houses were built between the 1960s and 1990s, Lee said. The department last replaced a remote duty housing unit in Gila Bend in 2010.