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June 28, 2016

In Case You Missed It: Department of Justice Repays First Responders $500K for San Bernardino Terror Attack Response

Yesterday, Representative Pete Aguilar (D-San Bernardino) announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will allocate $500,000 to the State of California for San Bernardino County to help offset the cost of the response to the terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center on December 2, 2015.

The DOJ awarded the funds in the form of an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant for Fiscal Year 2016. The funds will be distributed to affected localities through the California Board of State and Community Corrections. The grant will be used to reimburse state and local agencies for overtime and regular salary costs related to the heroic response by San Bernardino County law enforcement and other first responders on December 2, 2015. The funding was identified in a meeting with San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan and San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon, who were in Washington to advocate for assistance in covering the cost of the response to the attack.

Earlier this year, Rep. Aguilar and Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Corona) submitted a formal request to the House Appropriations Committee to allocate funds to the DOJ to support programs to help cities and towns like San Bernardino recover costs incurred from extraordinary emergency events like the attack at the Inland Regional Center. 

Beau Yarbrough with the San Bernardino Sun covered the announcement, which can be read in full here.