SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ The city of Syracuse is getting nearly $1.5 million in federal funding to help it battle gang-related violence.
The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports (http://bit.ly/16upRjp ) that U.S. Department of Justice officials said Monday that the grant will be used to set up a new gang intervention program on the city's south side. The grant is one of just six awarded nationwide through the agency's juvenile justice and delinquency prevention program.
Syracuse's new anti-gang violence program will focus on suppression, social intervention, providing opportunities and mobilizing the community. Officials say the intervention team members will include members of law enforcement, human service agencies and community organizations.
Gang violence has been an ongoing problem in Syracuse, where law enforcement agencies have taken down six gangs and charged about 130 gang members since 2002.