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Sacramento Gets $ For Gang Officers

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mayor Kevin Johnson says the area received a quarter of grants available in California because the city and county are now working so well with community groups.  He says there is now a pronounced effort to be proactive and positive, especially with kids.

JOHNSON: "Go up and knock on doors and introduce yourself to neighbors.  If there's a boys and girls club go volunteer and hang out..  Let the interaction with young people not be one of necessity where it's something negative."

At a press event at a south Sacramento Boys and Girls Club, Johnson and officers pointed to the Twin Rivers Police Department as an example of how not to interact with the community.

JOHNSON: "We all saw what happened at Twin Rivers, right?  No one feels good about that.  So, there's been a huge sense of awareness.  We're not going to let those things happen in other cities or communities around Sacramento."

Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) handed out $71 million in grants statewide.

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