In a Monday news release, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that his Pubic Safety Office will be adding an additional $38.4 million toward “Operation Lone Star.”
The announcement came just a few days after construction began on his state-funded border wall project.
“From deterring illegal immigration, to preventing the smuggling of drugs and weapons, to curtailing human trafficking, the deployment of resources and personnel needed to arrest and jail criminals along the border is imperative to our comprehensive border security strategy under Operation Lone Star,” said Abbott in the release.
“This additional funding will strengthen our response to the border crisis and ensure our law enforcement and local partners have the resources they need to keep our communities safe in the federal government’s absence,” he added.
The Public Safety Office has already set aside $74.8 million in funding since the operation’s beginning in March. Of that money, $22.3 million was for projects that prosecute border crimes and give prosecution resources, $14 million was to enhance interagency border security operations, and $100,000 was to give training, technical assistance, and coordination planning activities for border sheriffs.
Around $19.5 million of the additional funds will be directed toward law enforcement equipment and supplies like patrol vehicles, interoperable radios, surveillance equipment, bulletproof vests, thermal and night vision technology as well as search and rescue equipment.
Overtime, contract, and salaried peace officers, jailers, prosecutors, indigent defense counsel, and administrative court staff will be funded by another $16 million.
$1.9 million will go toward the construction of regional emergency communication and radio towers and increased capacity in county jail facilities. Some $800,000 will cover the cost of travel associated with non-border counties providing law enforcement assistance to border counties in crisis.
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