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grant funds awarded

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2012

MACON: Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia,
announced today that the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs has awarded grant funds to two Middle District counties to implement a violent gang and gun crime reduction initiative. Bibb County and Twiggs County have joined forces to address gun and gang violence occurring along their shared borders.

Project Safe Neighborhoods is designed to create safer neighborhoods through a sustained effort based on the cooperation of local, state and federal agencies engaged in a unified approach led by the U.S. Attorney in each district. The FY 2012 Project Safe Neighborhoods Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program will provide $150,000 in grant funds to be used to 1) Complete a community-wide gang assessment; 2) Create a gang database; 3) Implement a gang intervention program for 40 juvenile offenders; 4) Implement Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for 15 adult offenders; 5) Modify the Bibb County Government website to include graffiti reporting; 6) Implement an abatement program for abandoned homes; 7) Create a public education campaign; 8) Create a Crime Review Panel and implement other strategies designed to address gun and gang violence.

Partners in the initiative include Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office, Macon Police Department, and Volunteer Macon, Inc. The Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council submitted the application on behalf of the agencies and will serve as the Fiscal Agent for the initiative.

“We are very pleased that these grant funds have been awarded to two of our Middle District agencies.” Moore stated. “Our office looks forward to working together with them to reduce gun and gang crime and create safer neighborhoods for all.”

For more information, contact Pamela Lightsey, Law Enforcement Coordinator, at 478-621-2603 or at pam.lightsey@usdoj.gov.

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