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Catawba County To Benefit From Federal Safe Neighborhood Funding

Catawba County To Benefit From Federal Safe Neighborhood Funding

The Department of Justice recently announced that it has awarded more than $17.5 million in grants to support the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program. Funding will support efforts across the country to address violent crime, including the gun violence that is often at its core. Catawba County is one of the beneficiaries of this funding.

The North Carolina Gang Investigators Association (NCGIA) was awarded $181,000 in PSN funds. NCGIA will begin the process of administering the funds in support of local PSN projects in the Western District of North Carolina. In addition to PSN funding, in 2021, more than $3.7 million in federal grants have been awarded to non-profit organizations, local law enforcement agencies, and Tribal government programs in the Western District.

Grantees in eight counties across the Western District and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have received federal funding awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Office of Violence against Women, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Funding allocated to law enforcement agencies in Catawba, Iredell, Buncombe, Gaston, Haywood, Mecklenburg, Rutherford and Union Counties will support community safety initiatives, prevention and education programs, technology and forensic analysis improvements, equipment and training, and mental health and wellness services for law enforcement.

PSN programs are led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in collaboration with local public safety agencies, community stakeholders and other agencies and organizations that work to reduce violent crime.

[From news release issued by the United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of North Carolina]