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El Paso Area Agencies Seek Federal Grant to Combat Border Crime

March 23, 2010  | 

The El Paso Police Department is teaming up with a handful of other law enforcement agencies to seek a $5 million federal grant to fight crime along the border.

The city's police, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and police in Socorro and Horizon City plan to apply for an Operation Stonegarden grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The grant money will pay for police overtime for extra patrols to combat drug smuggling, gangs, money laundering, auto thefts or other crimes along the border, Assistant Police Chief Jerome Johnson said.

The money will not be used for immigration enforcement, he said.

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