Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Congressional committee gives initial OK to funds for Richmond anti-crime programs

RICHMOND — Three Richmond programs that assist police in crime prevention received initial funding totaling $1.25 million from the House Appropriations Committee in Washington, Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, announced today.

The committee approved $250,000 for the Richmond Youth Academy, $400,000 for the Police Activities League One-Stop Youth Center and $600,000 for the Shotspotter Gunshot Location System — a sound detection network covering a majority of high-crime areas.

The academy provides mentoring, college tours, computer literacy and other services to at-risk youth in Richmond and the PAL offers after-school violence prevention programs for youth in West Contra Costa County.

Final approval of the money will not be determined until the full House and the Senate complete action on their appropriations bills, which usually occurs in the fall.

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