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News Release  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 15, 2010
CONTACT: Michelle Dawson
Acting Assistant City Manager
951.413.3053   michelled@moval.org

Moreno Valley Receives Federal Funds for Gang Prevention, Code Enforcement

The City of Moreno Valley will be beefing up its gang prevention and code enforcement efforts thanks to federal funds received from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). The funding includes $500,000 for gang prevention programs which the City is planning to use to enhance the School Resource Officer Program. The Moreno Valley Police Department has seen an increase in gang-on-gang violence in the past six months. The City Council responded by adding three more officers to the department’s Special Enforcement Team, a proactive unit that specifically targets gang members, drug dealers and career criminals. The additional federal funds will be used to fund a School Resource Officer at Rancho Verde High School in order to prevent crime at that school and identify any gang activity in the south end of the City.

Regarding the federal funding, Mayor Bonnie Flickinger said, “We are so appreciative of Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack and her staff in helping us secure these funds and supporting the City Council’s commitment to keeping public safety as our number one priority. Major crimes are at the lowest per-capita rate in the 26-year history of our city and we want to keep this trend going. Moreno Valley has had great success with our gang prevention programs and these funds will assist us in enhancing these efforts.”

“Our local law enforcement officers are serving on the front lines in keeping our neighborhoods safe, and these additional resources will provide support for their critical ongoing efforts in Moreno Valley,” stated Bono Mack. “These federal dollars are an important investment in our community, and I am pleased that our community and local law enforcement agencies will directly benefit from these funds.” The City also received notification from the office of Congresswoman Bono Mack that it will receive $110,000 in federal funds to enhance code enforcement efforts in the community. The funds will be issued through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants Program, another D.O.J. grant program. The City will use the grant money to continue the Graffiti Tracker program as well as to fund part-time staff in the Code and Neighborhood Services Division primarily focused on property maintenance issues at foreclosed properties.

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