Gov. Perdue announces $62 million in crime grants

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Several local counties are getting a share of $62 million to help make their communities safer.

"These grants are making a real difference in reducing crime and protecting our citizens," said Gov. Bev Perdue.  "We want to keep our people safe, help those who have been victimized and provide law enforcement with the additional resources to get the job done."

The Governor's Crime Commission reviewed applications according to federal guidelines and presented their recommendations to the governor.

"The Governor's Crime Commission has funded many successful projects that have taken permanent hold, such as the Community Watch Program, the Criminal Justice Information Network Program (including e-citation), community policing and the creation of the school resource officer program," said District Attorney Scott Thomas, chair of the GCC. "We look forward to this year's projects making a significant difference in reducing crime in communities across the state."

New Hanover County will receive more than $1 million for programs such as the Sheriff's Office Gang Task Force, Coastal Horizons Rape Crisis Center, and the Domestic Violence Shelter.

Brunswick, Columbus, and Pender Counties will also get large sums of money for numerous programs to stop gangs, fight juvenile delinquency, and assist victims of crime.

To see a list of the 315 grants, click here.

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