The Santa Clarita community is asked to weigh in on the city’s most recent proposal for a Justice Assistance Grant.
The city of Santa Clarita and Sheriff’s Station could receive more than $26,700 to put towards public safety for 2014-2017 from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, and they want to know what the public has to say about it.
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The Justice Department’s JAG program is awarded to states and cities for a broad range of enforcement activities based on local needs and conditions.
According to the grant proposal, the $26,700 would be used “to reduce Part 1 crimes, particularly property crimes. These activities will be executed on an as-needed basis throughout the grant period, depending on the issues and concerns in the community at any given time.”
City officials are asking the public to voice their opinion of the grant proposal before it is submitted, and all comments must be received by Friday.
“JAG funding allows the city and Sheriff’s Department to continue successful crime prevention programs and explore new ways to further enhance public safety in Santa Clarita,” said Mayor Laurene Weste in a press release. “The city is providing an opportunity for residents to weigh in on the proposed programs and services outlined in the grant application before it is submitted.”
Specifically, these programs and services would include:
- Gang enforcement
- Drug enforcement
- Vandalism and graffiti enforcement
- Probation/parole enforcement
- Unique patrol methods (T3, bike, foot and off-road) for areas not easily accessible by patrol cars, such as parks, trails, paseos and the Santa Clara River
- Address daytime burglaries and other crimes perpetrated by minors
- Address the pawning or resale of stolen property
- Surveillance, undercover and sting operations
The grant money would augment what the city and Sheriff’s Station are already doing to crack down on crime, including those programs funded by JAG money from previous years.
To view the full JAG proposal, click here. To comment on the proposal, contact Administrative Analyst Tess Simgen at 661-286-4157 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Source: Santa Clarita News