The Springfield Police Department and several community organizations are expected to split more than $786,000 in funding, which will all go toward the goal of reducing youth gang violence in the city.
Springfield was one of 27 cities and towns across the state that received funding under the Charles E. Shannon, Jr. Community Safety Initiative; commonly referred to as “Shannon Grants.” The city’s share of this grant money is $786,025.70, of which more than $235,000 will go to the Springfield Police Department. Other organizations that are receiving money include the Salvation Army, Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Services, the Springfield Boys and Girls Club, and YMCA Dunbar.
In a news release sent to 22News, Acting Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood said that the money will help police and these organizations reach out to people who might be at risk for getting involved with violent gangs. “The funding is instrumental in making our community a safer place. It allows our police officers to be proactive in preventing gang violence, and allows our officers and partner agencies to connect with at-risk individuals when they are most vulnerable,” Clapprood said.
The Springfield City Council still needs to vote to accept the award of funding. A vote on that is scheduled for Monday.