County commissioners Monday will discuss grants awarded to the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office for continued protection and security efforts in the region.
The sheriff’s office was awarded a grant through the Operation Stonegarden Grant Program for border security purposes. Victoria County has received the grant continuously for nearly a decade, County Judge Ben Zeller said, but it’s one that “is very important to the community.”
“While it’s not a new grant to us, it’s as timely and needed as ever,” he said. “There’s a lot of traffic that comes through this area, which makes this grant useful.”
The $662,400 grant will be primarily used for equipment, supplies and operating expenses regarding border security, he said.
Also, the sheriff’s office has been awarded a grant for the 2019 High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program.
The grant is also routinely given to the sheriff’s office, Zeller said, but “valuable regardless.” The $79,433-grant is designed to fund the salary and benefit costs for the sheriff’s office intelligence analyst.