Sept. 30, 2013
Local law enforcement departments are receiving help for their joint gang-prevention initiative.
Charlottesville and Albemarle County Police Departments announced on Monday that the state is providing additional funding for the Gang Reduction through Active Community Engagement (GRACE) program.
The money will allow departments to hire a couple of positions, but the need for community support is always there.
"We have the support of state government to bring the resources to this community, hopefully financial and otherwise, for us to put together a long-term sustainable strategy to deal with gang reduction, and improve our efforts in the area of education," said Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo.
"What we also need is some community members, just community members,” says Parents and what have you, to be a part of this, to help us move forward.”
Police are also looking to interview those who have had some contact with gangs.
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