SoCal Gets $58M Homeland Security Grant

The federal government's Urban Areas Security Initiative goes toward beefing up security and training

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    The Los Angeles metro region received more than $58 million in homeland security grants, Los Angeles city officials said Friday.

    The grant, which goes toward a slew of security, communications and law enforcement staffing, is the second highest Homeland Security award behind New York.

    The money will be used for equipment, planning, training, and exercises.

    The grant will help strengthen communication and intelligence sharing among a patchwork of Southern California law enforcement agencies; add security at airports and the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles; and add training for emergency response and recovery.

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    Nineteen cities and LA County will receive more than $20 million.

    Some $18.2 million will go toward a regional communications system to help connect emergency personnel. The city of LA will receive $17.3 million.

    Other joint operating agencies will receive $20.6 million.

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