Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $2 million in federal Homeland Security Grant money Monday for 12 local, FBI-accredited bomb squads across the state to sustain and enhance their capabilities.
Westchester County will receive $290,284.
This marks the 10th consecutive year New York has provided dedicated federal homeland security aid to local bomb squads, with more than $15 million being provided since its inception.
“The safety and security of all New Yorkers is our top priority, and this funding will help local law enforcement agencies be ready and equipped for what comes their way," Cuomo said. "These officers are on the front lines and, with these grants, we can help ensure they have what they need when confronted with these incredibly dangerous situations."
John Melville, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services commissioner, said, “This grant funding is critically important to local law enforcement to fortify their preparedness and response capabilities and will provide the state’s certified bomb squads with the tools they need to help properly detect, identify and safely dispose of explosive devices.”
As a condition of this funding, squads are required to work together regionally (based on FBI regions) to review their capability strengths and gaps and to develop a regional spending plan for these funds. Squads in each region must reach consensus on their respective spending plans to ensure the money is being used in the most efficient and effective way possible.
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