More anti-terrorism money coming to Orlando

Orlando can expect another $3 million or so in anti-terrorism urban security money this year, its Congressional members announced Friday.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Urban Area Security Initiative approved a new major terror-prevention and preparedness grant, U.S. Reps. Val Demings, Stephanie Murphy, and Darren Soto jointly announced.

This year’s award follows new methodology and will total between $2.8 and $3.5 million. Last year, Orlando and Tampa Bay each received $3.25 million. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area received $7 million to help local law enforcement develop anti-terrorism programs for the cities.

Orlando’s inclusion in the program was restored in 2018 after a multi-year drought, following strong advocacy by Central Florida’s congressional delegation — Democratic Reps. Demings, Murphy, and Soto, and by Murphy’s predecessor, Republican Rep. John Mica. In 2018, Orlando received $1.5 million, in its first year of renewed eligibility.

“After seeing every level of community safety in Orlando, from midnight patrols to Chief of police, I know how important this federal support is to our law enforcement’s ability to be proactive against possible threats,” Demings said in a news release. “As a member of the Homeland Security Committee, Orlando’s re-inclusion in the UASI program has been a highlight of

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