Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $198,960)
The BJA Southwest Border Rural Law Enforcement Information Sharing and Interdiction Assistance Grants are an innovative new program designed to provide resources and assistance to fund rural law enforcement agencies along or near the southwest border of the United States to support their efforts to reduce violent crime, including drug-related crime and human trafficking. These grants are designed to enhance information sharing (including investigatory and intelligence data) and dedicated messaging capability among federal, state, local, and tribal agencies working along or near the southwest border, and to provide previously identified specialized equipment to address crime issues that may be unique to the designated area.
The City of Edinburg will use grant funds for their Interdiction Team Project, which is an interdiction and information-sharing initiative to reduce violent crime. Funds will be used to provide overtime for an interdiction team that will address crimes such as human, weapon, drug, and currency smuggling on Interstate 69C; and to outfit three new K9 units with equipment to complement the interdiction teams concentration on human, weapon, drug, and currency smuggling. CA/NCF