$75,000 gang reduction grant awarded to DeKalb

DeKalb County has been awarded a $75,000 grant that will be used to combat gangs.

The money will be used by DeKalb’s Gang Reduction and Intervention Program to asses the scope and extent of gang activity in the county and create a database of gang information that can be shared among law enforcement agencies.

Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May says the grant allows the county to find community-based solutions to criminal justice problems.

The grant was distributed by the state of Georgia through the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s Byrne Innovative Community Program.