Indianapolis will receive more than $12 million in federal funds this year for anti-terrorism projects after a near-drought since 2001, says the Indianapolis Star. The money from the federal Department of Homeland Security will mean increased security measures at the City-County Building and enhanced communication among law enforcement agencies. One project will be a terrorism reporting center that collects and analyzes information from the public and law enforcement agencies.
“We’ve been having to fund a lot of the Department of Homeland Security initiatives basically without proper funds to back them up,” said City-County Council member Mary Moriarty Adams.
Delays in processing of federal anti-terrorism money at the state level have been fixed, said one official. And as soon as the first two grants — totaling $2.8 million — are accepted by the council and the mayor, equipment will be purchased and projects begun. “After that, spending will begin with a frenzy,” he said.