Norfolk to receive $1 million to combat gang violence

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The city of Norfolk is receiving $1 million from the commonwealth to help combat gang and gun violence in the city.

Attorney General Mark Herring made the announcement Tuesday morning at the Virginia Gang Investigators Association’s 16th Annual Gang Conference held in Virginia Beach. Mayor Paul Fraim and Congressman Bobby Scott were there as well. They talked about the importance of coordinating state, local and federal efforts to combat gangs.

Herring released the following statement:

“This smart, community-based approach to reducing violent crime has proven effective in neighborhoods across the Commonwealth and across the country, and we believe that this coordinated effort will produce results for Norfolk by building on the great work already being done. Through education and engagement, as well as smart, effective law enforcement and prosecution strategies, we’re going to keep young people from ever getting involved with gangs or guns, and we’ll make it clear that we will not accept violence in the City of Norfolk.”

Here’s a breakdown of the $1 million:

$500,000 comes from a federal grant from the Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program.

$500,000 comes from asset forfeiture funds, meaning the funds to fight crime will come from criminals, not from taxpayers.

The Norfolk Police Department uses a tool that takes computer data to analyze crime statistics in the city. Those statistics will help the department determine hot spots where the needed resources will be deployed, Cpl. Melinda Wray told WAVY.com.

Stay with WAVY on air and online as we learn more about the problem of gang violence and exactly what programs will benefit from the money.

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