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Gang Unit

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $11,720)

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states, tribes, and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own local needs and conditions. Grant funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice for any one or more of the following purpose areas: 1) law enforcement programs; 2) prosecution and court programs; 3) prevention and education programs; 4) corrections and community corrections programs; 5) drug treatment programs; 6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and 7) crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).

The city of Central Falls will utilize their FY 2008 JAG funds to institute a 'Gang Unit.' This unit will be comprised of law enforcement detectives and patrol officers gathering information to identify gangs. The goal of this unit will be to work with neighboring police departments in sharing gang-related information. The collaboration will be used to establish the pattern and interaction between gangs and illegal activities.


Date Created: August 21, 2008