DHS Hands Out over $2 Million for Equipment

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the first round of awards under the new Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP).

The awards provide equipment for communications interoperability, information sharing, chemical detection, sensor devices and personal protective equipment to 214 jurisdictions throughout the nation. Equipment awarded totals $2,044,680.

The FY 2005 Appropriations Act directed DHS to assist selected smaller jurisdictions by providing antiterrorism equipment and technology. Awards are being made to law enforcement and emergency responder agencies not currently funded through the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI).

"CEDAP provides equipment and training to jurisdictions across the country as part of a unified effort- from urban to rural areas – to build sustainable capabilities in the fight against terrorism," said Matt A. Mayer, acting executive director of the Office for State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness.

National law enforcement associations including the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) have heralded CEDAP for providing equipment directly to jurisdictions.

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