U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, is announcing that the Department of
Homeland Security has awarded grants through the Port Security Grant Program
to assist the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor.
“In general, the Port Security Grant Program aims to support port security
services and plans of port authorities, facility operators, and state and
local government agencies, and at least 25 percent of the funding for grant
recipients is required to be used for terrorism prevention activities,”
according to a statement released by Visclosky’s office this morning.
The $220,262 grant awards will be used by the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor,
the Indiana State Police, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Law Enforcement Division. Specifically, the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor
received $15,262 to be used for security gate improvements around the port;
the Indiana State Police, a $180,000 award; and the Indiana DNR Law
Enforcement Division, a $25,000 award. The latter two will also be used for
unspecified security improvements.
“The Port of Indiana is an integral component of the strength of the
Northwest Indiana economy,” Visclosky said. “I applaud all of the leaders of
the Port of Indiana and our state agencies for harnessing this federal
funding resource to keep our international port secure and support the
continued expansion of job opportunities and economic activity in our
“The Department of Homeland Security grant funding further supports our
efforts to adapt, improve, and expand our infrastructure needs around the
port,” Port Director Ian Hirt said. “Our established security measures have
improved port security and we will continue to responsibly secure the