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City to submit grant proposal for more policing

Posted: June 22, 2010 5:14 p.m.
Updated: June 23, 2010 5:14 p.m.
 

The city of Santa Clarita will submit a grant application for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant offered by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, in the amount of $42,879, and is inviting public comments on the proposal.

The city and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are committed to improving community safety, and recognize the need for proactive law enforcement and community policing.

These grant funds will help augment the resources already provided by the city to ensure a high level of public safety.

Programs being proposed for funding include curfew sweeps, gang and graffiti enforcement, truancy sweeps, alcohol/tobacco stings, bike patrols, surveillance, undercover and sting operations, and probation/parole enforcement.

This grant will fund approximately 546 overtime hours for the Sheriff's Community Interaction Team and COBRA unit at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station. 

This grant would allow CIT and COBRA to conduct the proposed operations over and above their normal duties, and augment community policing and law enforcement efforts in the city.

CIT is a specialized unit that responds to pressing community issues, helps strengthen neighborhoods and addresses quality-of-life issues. Through its active collaboration with different units of the SCV Sheriff's Station and other agencies, CIT has been very successful in helping keep the crime rate down.

COBRA, the station's gang and juvenile crime unit, is responsible for investigating crimes committed by juveniles and for addressing gang activities and gang-related crimes.

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