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Published September 03, 2011, 10:02 PM

More Federal Funding To Help Secure The Border

North Dakota is set to receive almost $10 million from the Department of Homeland Security. The money will go to local law enforcement agencies to help fight terrorism and secure the U.S. Canadian border.

North Dakota is set to receive almost $10 million from the Department of Homeland Security. The money will go to local law enforcement agencies to help fight terrorism and secure the U.S. Canadian border.

The United State Border Patrol is partnering with local law enforcement agencies along the U.S. Canadian border to help enhance security.

"The money that they receive from the grant is used to provide overtime for their officers, and perhaps if they have some part time officers to bring them to full time," Special Operations Supervisor Stacy Forbes said.

The grants from the Department of Homeland Security through Operation Stonegarden will bring in more money for these agencies to continue protecting their communities.

"Their primary mission while they're working Operation Stonegarden is anti-terrorism, but there's so many things that can happen while you're on patrol and the communities are more safe with more officers on the street," Forbes said.

The Grand Forks sector of the Border Patrol works with 15 counties in North Dakota and Minnesota. Those border counties go through risk assessments to help determine their monetary needs each year.

"More of a partnership it allows us to more engrain ourselves within the local law enforcement community and it's really beneficial to have them as partners as well," Forbes said.

Some money from these grants will be allocated for emergency purposes. Griggs County alone will receive almost $1 million for emergency operations.

"That increases our ability to respond, rapid response, to any community within our area of responsibility and it makes the communities in those areas more safe as well," Forbes said.

Funding from Operation Stonegarden decreased from 2010. North Dakota received less funding, while Minnesota received a bit more.

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