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Federal Funding To Prevent “Spillover” Crime To See Cuts

Captain Dave Myers from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department manages Operation Soundgarden funding for the San Diego area, which pays for equipment and over-time pay for police fighting drug-related crime.
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Above: Captain Dave Myers from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department manages Operation Soundgarden funding for the San Diego area, which pays for equipment and over-time pay for police fighting drug-related crime.

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— The Department of Homeland Security's Operation Stonegarden pays for equipment or overtime pay for officers fighting drug-related crime. The program started in 2008, encouraging collaboration among local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, in an effort to beef up border security and fight drug-related crime around the country.

But the program is experiencing cuts at a time when many officials in border states say they need an extra boost to fight so-called "spillover" crime.

"We've been able to show that when everybody comes together and leverages the resources we are being effective -- and we can be effective," said Capt. Dave Myers, who manages Operation Stonegarden for the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. "We're spending those dollars that have come to San Diego County wisely. Does that mean the threat down South has changed? No."

In 2010, San Diego County got its biggest Stonegarden grant yet -- $14 million to be shared among a variety of local and state law enforcement agencies.

"We've been able to show that we can stop a lot of it right at the border," said Myers.

By 2012, Operation Stonegarden will see a 15-percent budget reduction, capped at $55 million nationally.

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HarryStreet | May 28, 2011 at 11:58 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

Here we go again, listening to how to how we're experiencing cuts in programs business leaders say we need to fight crime.

One way to reduce unnecessary spending? STOP PAYING COPS AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT OVERTIME!!! They should be receiving a flat salary only because we can't afford paying them 100k each per year.

If they reduce the pension benefits and get rid of the overtime the money will be enough to effectively fight crime.

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HarryStreet | May 28, 2011 at 12:01 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

I know responses to my last comment will have people say, "What kind of force do you think we'll get with people making less money?"

Answer to that is: Don't put a price tag on serving your country. I'm a veteran and know soldiers do not make good money for serving their country. Being in the police and fire department, any organization that fights crime and protects our country is a service. It should not be made to make you wealthy or above average of the common citizen. Doing so takes away the meaning of "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."

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Missionaccomplished | May 29, 2011 at 9:28 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

Is drug violence 'spillover' a tired metaphor yet? - Newspaper ...Sep 2, 2009 ... Is drug violence 'spillover' a tired metaphor yet? by Melissa Del Bosque. That spillover metaphor reinforces the idea that the drug business ...
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