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Homeland Security funding loss raises local concern

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Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown is disappointed and concerned as an elected official and as a citizen. He is worried about the 2013 draft of the Relative Risk Profile, which has dropped Las Vegas from position 30 to 33. It's an annual report issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

"We have New Year's Eve, marathons, the Electric Daisy Carnival, NASCAR, infrastructure and the Hoover Dam. It just doesn't seem practical, Las Vegas is an international destination," added Commissioner Larry Brown.

Monday morning, Brown and other local leaders attended the Las Vegas Fiscal Board meeting to discuss this safety concern.

The city's ranking on the list determines the amount of funds it will receive for safety protection, which supports the Nevada Counter Terrorism Fusion Center, a 5-year-old program that is now in jeopardy.

"Last year, there was a 70 percent reduction in funding for this function in Southern Nevada. Over the last five years, we were up at $9 million and we are down to $1.8 million. Now this is threatening to lose all funding," added Brown.

The news comes as Clark County approves a $489 million budget for the Metropolitan Police Department. It's $13 million less than what the sheriff originally proposed, which will reduce the police force by 188 officers.

"We do take it as a number one priority but there is only so much money because of the property tax gaps and the slow increase of sales tax, it hasn't gone up as quickly as we would have hoped," said Commissioner Steve Sisolak.

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