Anaheim Police Herald Grant to Keep Kids Out of Gangs

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger awarded the Anaheim Police Department a $382,639 grant to combat gang violence, the department announced.

Anaheim was among 24 California cities to receive a grant under the Governor's California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention (CalGRIP) initiative.

The city uses CalGRIP funds, which it first began receiving in 2008, to try to keep at-risk youths in school and away from gangs, targeting fourth through sixth graders at six elementary schools.

"With this new grant, we can not only continue our efforts at our existing audience, but expand it to the junior high school level," Anaheim Deputy Chief Craig Hunter says in a department statement.

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The release also cited a 2008/2009 Orange County Grand Jury recognition of GRIP as "the most effective gang prevention program in the state of California."

Orange, Stanton and Buena Park have since replicated the program.

The Orange County Sheriffs Department, Orange County District Attorney's Office, Orange County Probation Department and Community Service Programs (CPS) are partners with Anaheim PD in the grant.

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