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Orlando-area agencies emphasize need for anti-terrorism funding

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Orlando-area agencies emphasize need for anti-terrorism funding

WKMG News 6

By Emilee Speck

ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando will receive $3.25 million in funding to support anti-terrorism as part of a U.S. Department of Homeland Security program to protect urban areas from threats.

Following the Pulse shooting on June 12, 2016, Florida lawmakers and law enforcement officials requested Orlando be included in the Urban Areas Security Initiative program. The major tourist destination did not receive UASI funding from 2015 to 2017.

Former Orlando police Chief, now Orange County Sheriff John Mina said the funding will help cover training and equipment for police, deputies, fire and emergency management staff.

Last year those efforts paid off and Orlando received $1.5 million.

Read more: https://www.clickorlando.com/news/politics/orlando-anti-terrorism-funds-double-to-325-million