Selma Gets $1 Million Emergency Grant to Fight Violent Crime and Gangs

The city of Selma is getting an emergency $1 million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Justice to fight violent crime and gangs. The grant was announced at a news conference by U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama Richard Moore.

The city has 18 months to use the money.  A committee will decide the best ways to use it for needs such as drug intervention, school resource officers and youth programs.

The money would also and provide for overtime and equipment costs needed to have more officers patrolling the city.

“You identify what we call the trigger pullers, the folks who are the violent offenders. Often they are people who are illegally in possession of firearms, and you get the worst of the worst off of the streets,” Moore said at the news conference.

The grant will also fund mental health support and neighborhood restoration.

Selma has one of the highest rates of violent crimes per capita in the nation. Federal authorities last year indicted 18 members of a Selma-based gang on weapons and drug charges.

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