Las Vegas receives $5 million grant for anti-terrorism efforts

Las Vegas Strip (Pixabay/MGN Online)

The Las Vegas metropolitan area has received a $5 million grant to help protect the valley against potential terror attacks, members of Congress announced Monday.

Both Republican Sen. Dean Heller and Democratic Rep. Dina Titus announced that Las Vegas had received the grant from the Department of Homeland Security, under the Urban Area Security Initiative.

The grant for 2018 is nearly double the grant of about $2.9 million that Las Vegas received for the 2017 fiscal year, according to a statement from Titus's office.

"This grant is an important investment in the safety and security of the residents of Southern Nevada and the more than 43 million visitors who travel to Las Vegas for work and for play," Titus said in a statement.

The UASI program analyzes the safety of high-risk urban areas to determine if they have the resources to prevent or respond to potential terror attacks.

"I’m pleased that Nevada’s needs were recognized, and I will continue to work to ensure that Las Vegas continues to receive the critical resources necessary to keep our community safe," Heller said in a statement.

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