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Hamilton County to receive $1.7 million in grants to fight violent crime

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Posted at 1:26 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 13:26:26-05

Hamilton County will receive $1.7 million in grants from the Department of Justice to fight and prevent violent crime throughout the county, according to a Monday press release from U.S. Attorney David DeVillers.

The announcement from DeVillers comes as Cincinnati has spent much of the year dealing with a sharp increase in violent crime, particularly crime committed with guns and shooting homicides.

In September, City of Cincinnati officials unveiled a $1 million plan to curb violent crime, which included increasing overtime hours for the Cincinnati Police Department while also examining reform within the department and hiring an additional U.S. Attorney.

Governor DeWine has also repeatedly spoken during his COVID-19 updates about an increase in gun violence seen throughout the state as well.

The grants announced by DeVillers are comprised of a $1 million grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance's Community-Based Crime Reduction, which identifies and funnels funding into crime "hot spots," according to the press release.

The county will also receive $700,000 from BJA's "Strategies for Policing Innovation" grant, which provides funding for law enforcement to work with researchers to find new strategies for preventing "chronic crime," the press release states.