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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Law enforcement leaders from three North Texas cities were on hand Thursday to accept the donation of new tools to help in their battle against terrorism.

The Department of Homeland Security gave police in Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington nearly 300 radiation detectors.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown said the devices would help with the type of security that is necessary for mass events. “And all of those events require a higher level of security,” he said.

Chief Brown, along with Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead and Arlington Acting Police Chief Will Johnson attended the event that included $800,000 worth of radiation/nuclear detectors that officers can wear like a pager.

The Department of Homeland Security provided the devices to the cities through the regional Urban Area Security Initiative. The UASI program helps areas with the planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density urban areas.

Chief Halstead said the equipment is important to terrorism prevention and citizen protection. “In this metroplex, regardless of where you drive, where you live, or what kind of special event you would like to attend, you’re going to be safe,” he said.

North Texans have become accustomed to hosting and attending mass events, from the Super Bowl to the NBA championship parade.

“We all have massive special events,” Chief Halstead said. “And we have events that attract tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people.”

The city leaders said their collaboration would help meet the challenge of dealing with individuals who “would do us harm.”

The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office furnished the detectors at no cost to the partner cities.

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