Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
Homeland Security grant to send nearly $17 million for weapons, surveillance to San Diego region
Mayor Filner’s office announced yesterday (May 21) that San Diego has been awarded $16.9 million out of a total of nearly $559 million made available by the Department of Homeland Security in 2013 through its Urban Areas Security Initiative grant program.
“UASI program funds address the unique planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density urban areas, and assists them in building an enhanced and sustainable capacity to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism,” according to a description on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website. Eligibility for the program is “determined through an analysis of relative risk of terrorism faced by the 100 most populous metropolitan statistical areas in the United States.”
The money, which represents a significant increase from the $9.2 million the region received in 2012, will be used to fund the purchase of weapons, surveillance equipment, and law enforcement training “in order to heighten security in the event of a terrorist attack,” says a release from Filner’s office.
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