Northern Border Initiative Receives FEMA Grant

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Operation Stonegarden Project Expands Mission to Land-Based Operations

– The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Northern Border Initiative received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency for the Operation Stonegarden Project (OPSG). The OPSG is a grant program that supports enhanced cooperation and coordination among the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and local, tribal, territorial, state, and other federal law enforcement agencies to secure the borders with Canada, Mexico, and U.S. international waters.

The grant will allow the Sheriff’s northern border safety initiative to expand to land-based operations within the border area and will increase the prevention of, protection against, and response to border security issues. The Sheriff’s Department will use the grant funds to enhance the targeting of criminal activity along the northern border in Cuyahoga County and to increase collaboration with local, federal and state law enforcement agencies.

“This funding will allow us to further investigate and help reduce crimes with cross border activity, including human trafficking, drug trafficking, and other illegal imports,” said Cuyahoga County Chief Deputy Sheriff Bryan Smith. “It also promotes a layered, coordinated approach to law enforcement within multijurisdictional areas.”