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Syracuse gets $300,000 federal grant to combat gun and gang violence

Sun, September 27, 2015 12:15 PM | NYGIA (Administrator)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The federal government has awarded Syracuse a $300,000 grant to continue a program to combat gun and street gang violence.

It's the second time in two years the city has received the grant from the federal Project Safe Neighborhoods program.

The grant funds a coalition of law enforcement agencies and community groups to reduce gun and gang violence, U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian said Tuesday.

The grant will fund Syracuse Truce, a program that began in 2013 in which law enforcement and community service agencies work together to reduce tensions between police and the community in the hope of reducing gang violence.

Under Truce, police zero in on a small group of gang members responsible for most of the violent crime. Police tell the gangsters there's help if they want it, but that if they commit more violence, law enforcement will target their entire gang.

Through the city's gang violence task force, eight Syracuse street gangs have been prosecuted in federal court since 2003, Hartunian said.

Syracuse also received a $1.5 million federal grant in 2013 to support a U.S. Department of Justice program to combat gang and gun violence.

"There is no higher priority than combining resources to save the lives of our young people," Hartunian said in a news release.

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