Earlier this week, Gov. Greg Abbott announced $15 million in federal Operation Stonegarden Grant Program (OPSG) funding to increase operational capabilities of federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies along the border.
The grants are part of the $30 million in Operations Orders approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the current year’s grant program.
These funds ensure that law enforcement partners are equipped with the resources they need to confront the complex and dynamic challenges that exist along the Texas border.
"I am grateful for our continued partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the additional funding the agency is providing to help carry out this mission,” Abbott said in a Tuesday, July 9 press release. “These grants will provide much-needed support for the men and women of law enforcement who are working to combat the crisis at our southern border."
DHS/FEMA allocated more than $30 million in OPSG funding to the State of Texas last year, which was an increase of more than $10 million from the prior year.
Eligible local units of government and federally recognized tribal governments work in coordination with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the United States Border Patrol (USBP) to develop Operations Orders that support border security needs identified by each USBP Sector. Once all federal reviews of planned Operations are complete, Texas is able to obligate the funds to participating law enforcement agencies.
Local jurisdictions receiving funding through these latest OPSG awards include 50 law enforcement agencies located in the following 18 counties: Bee, Calhoun, Cameron, Dimmit, Duval, El Paso, Hidalgo, Jim Wells, Kinney, Kleberg, Nueces, Presidio, Refugio, Val Verde, Victoria, Webb, Willacy, and Zapata.