Portman Announces $1.6 Million in Federal Resources for Security Efforts on Ohio’s Northern Border
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through their allocation for FY 2020 for FEMA’s Operation Stonegarden Grant Program, will distribute $1.6 million to help fund Ohio’s security efforts along Ohio’s northern border. This funding supports cooperation and coordination among state, local, tribal, territorial, and federal law enforcement agencies in a joint mission to strengthen security efforts along our borders. Ohio’s northern border is important to Ohio’s economy and it’s vital that it remains secure, while allowing legitimate trade and travel to flourish. This funding may be used to support the integration of technology to ensure effective communication, to encourage local capabilities and operations to enhance National and State Homeland Security Strategies, provide intelligence-based operations to ensure the safety of state and local law enforcement participating in the program, and to increase operational, material, and technological readiness of state and local law enforcement agencies who work along Ohio’s northern border.
“This $1.6 million in funding is great news for the state of Ohio. This funding will help as the state continues to secure its northern border to protect against acts of terrorism and facilitate international trade and travel,” said Portman. “I’m proud to support this crucial funding and I will continue to keep doing everything I can to protect the citizens of Ohio.”