Federal funds help Cleveland combat terrorism

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Federal funds help Cleveland combat terrorism

WEWS – Local law enforcement agencies will have more funds soon to help their efforts to combat terrorism in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

In August, the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) program, which is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), announced that the program would be providing the city with about $3.5 million in additional funds.

The UASI was established after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 as a way to help fund anti-terrorism efforts and training for local law enforcement agencies. Their primary purpose is to provide funds to cities to address the planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density urban areas, and assists them in building an enhanced and sustainable capacity to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism.

With each grant that a city receives, at least 25 percent of the funds go directly towards law enforcement terrorism prevention activities.

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