City of Fresno Receives State Grant To Fund Strategies Aimed to Reducing Gang Violence
12/17/2010

Mayor Ashley Swearengin and Chief Jerry Dyer today announced that the City of Fresno has received a state grant that will fund several strategies and programs aimed at getting people out of gangs.

The $369,000 CalGRIP grant, awarded by the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) in partnership with the Governors’ Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy, will go primarily toward funding the department’s Fresno Ceasefire strategy, which targets the most active, influential, and dangerous gang members in Fresno.

These gang members are required to come to a “call-out” where they are given two choices: leave the gangs or face the full force of the local, state and even federal criminal justice system.

“It is critical that we continue to engage the community – parents, grandparents, teachers, pastors, volunteers, neighbors – in working with law enforcement to take gangs apart in our community and replace them with appropriate, life-giving opportunities and relationships,” Mayor Swearengin said. “This grant will provide our Police Department with important resources to continue our Ceasefire efforts.”

The grant will fund street outreach programs that will support friends and relatives of victim and suspects, mediate conflicts between gangs following a violent incident, mentoring of gang members towards alternatives to gang violence and support gang member’s transition.

To help get the message out, the grant will fund a public service announcement campaign through all media sources. The outreach will include promoting the message in gang-infested neighborhoods through neighborhood block parties and community forums.

For more information on the grant or Fresno Ceasefire, please contact Public Information Officer Jeff Cardinale at (559) 621-2486 (desk) or (559) 246-8297 (cell).

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