Hidalgo County law enforcement received a large sum of money from Congress.
Congressman Henry Cuellar presented a $4.5 million dollar check to Hidalgo County to be used for Operation Stonegarden.
The federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security focuses on supporting local law enforcement on the border with equipment, overtime pay and additional resources.
Since 2009, more than $28 million dollars, have been awarded to Hidalgo County for border operations.
Cuellar helped secure Texas over $30 million dollars in Operation Stonegarden funds.
“These additional funds will help reimburse local law enforcement enforcement as they work with the federal government to help provide protection of our southern border,” said Cuellar.
Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra says the federal funding is crucial to the security of locals on the border.
“This grant is important, it allows your police officers to have more time on the road, more equipment and more resources and end result a safer community, this grant allows us to put more boots on the ground,” said Guerra.
Starr County Sheriff’s Department also received $2 million dollars for Operation Stonegarden.