Congressman Gonzalez Announces $750,000 in Border Security Funding for Duval and Jim Hogg Counties
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded $750,000 in federal funds to Duval and Jim Hogg Counties for Fiscal Year 2018. These awards are through the Operation Stonegarden Program (OPSG) for their efforts in prevention, protection and response to security issues on our border.
“This funding gives Duval and Jim Hogg Counties the ability to maintain the safety and security of South Texas,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “The efforts in improving technological readiness and increasing coordination between law enforcement agencies show their dedication to ensuring the well-being of the region.”
OPSG is intended to support Border States and territories in accomplishing the following objectives:
- Increase capability to prevent and respond to border security issues;
- Encourage local operational objectives and capabilities to enhance National and State Homeland Security Strategies (such as the Federal Secure Borders Initiative and United States CBP/ BP strategies);
- Increase coordination and collaboration among Federal, State, local, Tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies;
- Continue the distinct capability enhancements required for border security and border protection;
- Provide intelligence-based operations through CBP/BP Sector Level experts to ensure safety and operational oversight of Federal, State, local, Tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies participating
- OPSG operational activities;
- Support a request to the Governor to activate, deploy, or redeploy specialized National Guard Units/Packages and/or elements of State law enforcement to increase or augment specialized/technical law enforcement elements operational activities; and
- Continue to increase operational, material and technological readiness of State, local, Tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies.
OPSG funds must be used to increase operational capabilities of Federal, State, local, Tribal, and territorial law enforcement, promoting a layered, coordinated approach to law enforcement within United States Border States and territories. For information regarding allowable costs, see Appendix F of the 2018 Program Guidance by clicking here.
Altogether, DHS awarded $123,767,743 to the State of Texas for the security of urban areas, emergency management, and border safety initiatives. The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the preparedness grants programs were released on May 21, 2018. All of the NOFOs are available at http://www.grants.gov.
Congressman Vicente Gonzalez remains committed to ensuring our nation has safe and secure borders and encourages law enforcement agencies who qualify to continue to apply for Homeland Security Grants.