Project 180 wins CalGRIP funding
Bakersfield Police Department, Kern County Network for Children and Project 180 wins CalGRIP funding.
The Office of the Governor of the State of California announced today that the Bakersfield Police Department, in partnership with the Kern County Network for Children and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, will receive a grant award in the amount of $382,488 under Governor Schwarzenegger’s California Gang Reduction, Intervention, and Prevention (CalGRIP) Initiative. The CalGRIP initiative provides funding assistance for local communities to reduce gang violence.
The City of Bakersfield applied for funding under CalGRIP in late 2009, a year that saw approximately 60% of the city’s homicides due to criminal street gangs. The grant was awarded based on the community’s risk factors, history of gang violence, and demonstrated willingness to use evidence-based strategies to address this issue.
These funds will be used to help form a Safe Community Partnership program that will enhance police response to gang violence and assist local organizations to provide gang intervention and prevention programs and education and employment opportunities for at-risk youth.