House Sends Bill to Combat Gang Violence to President’s Desk
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House of Representatives passed a bill to help stem the rise in gang violence across Colorado and the nation. The Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 3249) passed with a bipartisan vote of 349-13 and will now head to the President’s desk for signature. Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) supported the measure.
“Gang activity is on the rise in America and in towns across Colorado,” said Tipton. “We are fortunate to have so many brave law enforcement officers committed to keeping our communities safe from gang violence, and this legislation will help support them in their roles.”
H.R. 3249 will establish the Project Safe Neighborhoods Block grant program to provide state and local law enforcement agencies with the resources needed to address gang activity and would allow local law enforcement to allocate funds toward the specific problems in their communities.
In recent years, cities like Denver, Pueblo, and Grand Junction have seen outbreaks of gang-related violence. A 2016 study by the Denver Post found that Pueblo had the highest per-capita homicide rate in Colorado due to gang violence.
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