Feds fund $625K for waterfront security

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PORTLAND — The city and Falmouth police departments are among five agencies and private companies to receive $626,000 in U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants to beef up waterfront security.

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Angus King, I-Maine, announced the Port Security Grants Aug. 5 as part of an $8.71 million package of funding throughout the state.

Falmouth police received  $224,000, while Portland police received $200,500. The Maine Port Authority was given a grant of $151,000, while the South Portland-based offices of Sprague Energy and Global Cos. each received $25,000.

The grants are intended to “strengthen the nation’s critical infrastructure, specifically maritime transportation infrastructure, against risks associated with potential terrorist attacks,” according to a press release.

The state Homeland Security Program received $3.73 million in funding. Five counties bordering Canada were granted a total of $860,00 for border security, and the state was awarded a $3.5 million grant from the Emergency Management Performance Grant program.