Jun 06 2003

Department of Homeland Security Awards South Carolina $23.8 Million

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) a $23.8 million grant for homeland security and domestic preparedness. The funds will be used to improve the readiness of first responders and to help cover costs of enhanced security at critical facilities. The funds can also be used to pay for security costs incurred during Operation Iraqi Freedom and for future periods of heightened security. “The tragic events of September 11, 2001 changed our world forever,” said Graham. “Threats continue to exist from terrorist organizations determined to destroy our way of life and all we stand for.” “The funds will also help increase the safety of our first responders and provide them with the tools they need to protect our state,” said Graham. “Police officers, firefighters, and EMT’s are on the front lines defending South Carolina and protecting our citizens. The sacrifice made by these brave men and women make them some of the heroes in our midst. They deserve the best training and equipment available to carry out their duties.”