$4.9 million to protect homeland security

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – $4.9 million is how much the state will be given in the fight against terrorism. The money is part of a grant announced by Governor Bob McDonnell. Chesterfield and Henrico Counties are among the local police and sheriff's offices to receive the money.

"The grant awards were decided by a committee from the Department of Criminal Justice Services consisting of sheriffs and chief of police and I know they made an effort to fund those agencies that were identified as in need," said John Jones with the Virginia Sheriffs' Association.

Chesterfield County is one of the counties getting the most money, $285,000. Henrico County is getting just $40,000. The big difference in how the money is split between agencies has to do with the equipment they'll be purchasing with it. Less money is given to counties who need to purchase bomb squad gear and other equipment, while other counties were given more money to purchase incident response vehicles.

"Those vehicles are strategically located around Virginia so that they will serve all of the law enforcement in the area where they are located," said Jones.

Jones has found that this money comes at a much needed time.

"Especially in tight budget times to find as many grants to offset local costs as possible," he added.

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