The “anti-terror” grants were created as a response to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. The goal is to help cities, states and territories improve the response to potential terrorism by enhancing law enforcement capabilities. That includes preventing terrorist threats before they happen through “pre-operational activities,” the department said.
While Atlanta received a boost in funding this year, the haul is short of the $13.5 million the area received in 2010. Belt-tightening in the years that followed swallowed a lot of the funding and by 2013 Atlanta’s grant had been cut to $5.2 million.