N.D. agencies awarded $9.6M for homeland security upgrades

FARGO – North Dakota government and law enforcement agencies will receive more than $9.6 million to enhance homeland security efforts here, the state’s congressional delegation announced today.

The money – awarded through the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency – will be used for a variety of programs and agencies to prevent terrorist attacks, secure the state’s northern border with Canada and enhance emergency preparedness in local communities, the delegation said.

Here’s a breakdown of who’s receiving the grant funding, according to the delegation:

  • $5,137,205 from the State Homeland Security Grant Program to address the state’s organizational, equipment, and training needs to prevent, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events.
  • $526,949 from the Operation Stonegarden program will be split among six North Dakota counties along the state’s northern border with Canada. The money will be used to enhance cooperation and coordination among law enforcement agencies at all levels of government who work in securing the U.S. border. Specifically,  those counties benefiting from this grant include:
    ______– Bottineau County: $74,091
    ______– Burke County: $56,929
    ______– Cavalier County: $57,883
    ______– Divide County: $60,205
    ______– Pembina County: $62,514
    ______– Renville County: $67,145
    ______– Rolette County: $74,091
    ______– Towner County: $74,091

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