Gov. Rick Perry today announced that 433 Texas jurisdictions will receive more than $20.7 million in federal funds for programs to improve local homeland security efforts through increased intelligence, warning communication and facility security.
“While we want to make certain our state can appropriately respond to any emergency needs, prevention is the essential element of our state’s protection,” Perry said. “Our best defense is a good offense of increased security, better risk detection and improved intelligence communication.”
The 2004 Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program Funding (LETPPF) grants will help communities pay for planning activities, intelligence distribution networks, equipment, and training exercises.
“Local prevention efforts are key to our homeland security efforts,” Perry said. “This funding will help enhance information sharing at all levels of law enforcement.”
Funds are distributed by the state to local councils of governments (COGs) based on critical infrastructure, population density and population. Area risks and vulnerabilities assessments help determine city and county funding.
Last week, the governor announced $58.3 million in First Responder Equipment Grants for purchase of equipment, security planning and training. Whereas the grants announced last week focus more on response efforts, the LETPPF grants focus on prevention.
A full list of grant recipients is available on the governor’s website: (click here)