Operation Stonegarden Grant Program
The goal of the Operation STONEGARDEN Program (OPSG) is to help assure operational readiness of law enforcement along U.S. land borders. OPSG provides funding to designated localities to enhance coordination between law enforcement agencies in their joint mission to secure the nation's land borders.
OPSG operates under the Homeland Security Grant Program, an important element of the National Preparedness System. Homeland Security Grants are provided to help build, sustain and deliver core capabilities essential to achieve the National Preparedness System goal of a secure and resilient nation. In every case, success will require the combined effort of communities, organizations, and various levels of government.
Stonegarden in Minnesota
The state of Minnesota received OPSG program funding that totaled $6.8 million from FY2008 through FY2013.
OPSG funds are intended to enhance cooperation and coordination among local, tribal, territorial, state and federal law enforcement agencies to secure U.S. international borders.
HSEM manages the program for Minnesota, working with seven local governments on the Canadian border. Those local governments also cooperate with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP).
Authorized funding streams include overtime, equipment, and vehicle fuel and maintenance. Overtime pay allows agents to spend time patrolling for illegal activity related to the border. In Minnesota, grants have been approved for patrol vehicles, radios, snowmobiles, flashlights, cold weather gear and even a dog sled. Because much of Minnesota’s border with Canada is wilderness inaccessible by normal vehicles during winter months, snowmobiles and four-wheel drive vehicles are a must. In the summer, patrol boats are needed.
Critical Infrastructure Senior Planner