05.19.11

Leahy: Vermont Nets More Than $8.5 M. In Law Enforcement, Homeland Security Grants

Awards Will Aid State And Local Law Enforcement In Prevention, Preparedness

(THURSDAY, May 19) – State and local law enforcement will receive more than $8.5 million in federal grant assistance to help with prevention and preparedness, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Thursday.  The grants will be released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

“Police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians and a long list of other first responders keep criminals off the street, protect our communities, and help secure our borders,” said Leahy.  “Safety, security and preparedness must continue to be high priorities as further waves of budget cuts are negotiated in Washington.  The officers who work every day to keep our communities safe deserve our support and our commitment.  These funds are important to Vermont’s readiness.”

Vermont will receive grant awards under three different DHS programs:

  • $5,137,205 from the State Homeland Security Grant Program to support the implementation of strategies to address the identified planning, organization, equipment, training and exercise needs to help state and local law enforcement agencies prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and other disasters.  This grant allocation includes $1.7 million to be dedicated to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities;
  • $556,393 from the Driver’s License Security Grant Program to help prevent terrorism, reduce fraud and improve the reliability and accuracy of personal identification documents issued by the State of Vermont;
  • $2,860,761 from the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program to assist Vermont and local governments in the state in emergency preparedness for disasters and hazards.

Leahy has long championed all-state minimum funding formulas for homeland security grants to ensure that small, rural states like Vermont are included and supported by federal resources to prevent terrorism.  Since 2001, Leahy’s all-state minimum has brought Vermont more than $95 million in federal funding to help first responders upgrade equipment, modernize radio systems and offer new training opportunities.  Leahy is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and of its Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which handles the Senate’s work in writing the annual budget bills that fund the DHS grant programs. 

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