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Washington, D.C. —  Senator John Thune announced today that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness (SLGCP) awarded a $150,000 grant to South Dakota through their Buffer Zone Protection Program (BZPP). BZPP funding serves to enhance protection efforts around Critical Infrastructure and Key Resource (CI/KR) sites and deter threats or incidents of terrorism aimed at those facilities.

“This grant is important to the safety and security of South Dakota” Thune said. “We need to be on the offense against terrorists, while doing everything possible to prepare for and avoid a possible new attack.”

Buffer Zone Plans (BZPs) developed through this program are intended to help local law enforcement and first responders develop effective preventive measures that make it more difficult for terrorists to plan or launch attacks from the immediate vicinity of high priority infrastructure targets.

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