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.

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    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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