Attorney’s office pledges resources to fight violent crime

A plan to reduce violent crime throughout Georgia was given additional resources in December, and several of the resources will assist local police departments according to an announcement from officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia.

The plan is part of the U.S. Justice Department’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” initiative, which was instituted in 2021 by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland. The plan focuses on bolstering community engagement, prevention and intervention, focused and strategic enforcement, and accountability through grants, according to the news release.

Police departments in Atlanta and Brookhaven and the DeKalb County Police Department are the latest recipients of the plan’s subawards, according to the news release.

U.S. Attorney Ryan Buchanan said that grants received under the safe neighborhoods project “play a crucial role in furthering,” in collaborations between law enforcement and community stakeholders.

The grants are used by law enforcement agencies to implement strategies such as youth programs, community engagement activities, and intervention efforts. These methods may address the root causes of crime to “help build stronger, safer neighborhoods by fostering law enforcement and community partnerships,” according to the news release.

DeKalb has passed legislation and ordinances requiring gas station and service station surveillance, has funded violence prevention centers at Emory Hillandale and Grady Hospital, created a DeKalb Youth Safety and Violence Prevention Grant for community partnerships with local organizations, and has taken other steps attempting to reduce violence.

Brookhaven’s police department has also made news with its implementation of concepts such as mental health professionals in the police department, and Spanish and English police academies and social media pages.

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