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Tallahassee police will target gangs with a grant from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Several police officers walk and wave in a parade.
Patrick Sternad
WFSU Public Media
Tallahassee police officers walk in Tallahassee's Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 11, 2021.

The Tallahassee Police Department is getting a grant worth more than $120,000. The Tallahassee City Commission voted Wednesday night to accept the funding from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The Project Safe Neighborhood Grant will be used to create a gang task force. It will also pay for additional training in conflict resolution and preventing drugs and gang activity in public schools.

Here’s more about the grant from a TPD news release:

The Project Safe Neighborhoods grant will support the enhancement of investigations by the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) into people and organizations involved in violent crime, firearm offenses and the sale of illegal narcotics. It also supports additional training for officers, the purchase of new equipment and conflict resolution training for youth in the community to enhance violent crime prevention efforts.

"Enhancing community safety will always be our number one priority and main focus," Police Chief Lawrence Revell said. "Through Project Safe Neighborhoods, we will be able to improve information sharing across multiple agencies and coordinate a more comprehensive approach to reducing violent crime in the community, while also providing more training and equipment for our officers."

To earn the grant, TPD developed a multi-faceted strategic proposal to utilize the grant funding. The proposal includes the implementation of a Gang Task Force consisting of members from TPD and the Leon County Sheriff's Office (LCSO). The Gang Task Force will also utilize existing relationships with the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

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