RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's police, fire and rescue
agencies are getting $55 million in federal anti-terrorism funds,
but it will take some time for the money to reach localities.
The money is part of $2.2 billion given to states to combat
terrorism. It was approved by Congress in a budget bill passed
Sept. 24.
Most of it, $41 million, will go toward state and local public
safety and police for planning, training and equipment.
An additional $12 million will go toward helping law enforcement
detect, deter and disrupt terrorist acts. Nearly $1 million more
will go to volunteer Citizen Corps Councils.
The state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety will
distribute 80 percent of the money to localities and keep the rest
for state programs. Spokeswoman Renee Hoffman said the department
has yet to receive guidelines for the money.
Last year, the state received $50 million to help first response
agencies.

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