Laramie, Wy – Some Wyoming officials are wondering if the state will continue to get the same amount of Homeland Security money.
The federal Homeland Security Department has announced they will single out 35 metropolitan areas for funds in a new formula, with the remainder of the money available for other areas.
It's not yet clear what that will mean for Wyoming and other regions not among those 35 metropolitan areas. But Natrona County Sheriff Mark Benton is one of many in Wyoming law enforcement who expect to see their homeland security funding cut.
U-S Senator Craig Thomas says the federal government will make sure homeland security funding is available for communities of all sizes.
But Casper Police Chief Tom Pagel said some federal funding to help communities fight drugs and violent crime had been rolled into homeland defense, raising questions about whether that money would still make it to Wyoming.