Vermont public safety organizations will receive more than $8.5 million in a new round of grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Senator Patrick Leahy says more than $5 million of the money will go to Vermont law enforcement agencies to be used in their efforts to prevent and respond to terrorism and other disasters.
Another $500,000 will go to enhancing the security of drivers’ licenses issued by the state.
More than $2.8 million will go to governments to help with emergency preparedness.
Vermont has received more than $95 million in similar federal grant money in the past decade.