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Eight homeland security grants announced for WNY municipalities

Eight federal grants have been awarded to municipalities in Western New York to support homeland security efforts, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced Wednesday.

Tactical Team Grants of $100,000 for equipment, training and planning for active shooting incidents and counterterrorism missions have been given to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office. A grant of $80,620 has been awarded to the North Tonawanda Police Department.

A $121,000 grant under the Tactical Rescue & Urban Search and Rescue Grant Program has been given to Erie County for rope rescue operations, along with a grant of $23,411 for swiftwater operations in the Town of Allegany Fire District in Cattaraugus County.

Awards of $50,000 for the Buffalo Police Department, $42,474 for Erie County Emergency Services and $49,000 for the Niagara County Emergency Management Office have been given under the Critical Infrastructure Grant Program, which will go to improve security at important government-owned infrastructure sites.