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State provides $9 million for gang programs

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

December 17, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's CALGRIP program will hand out more than $9 million to local governments to boost gang reduction programs.The Los Angeles Gang Reduction and Youth Development Program will receive $1 million of thos funds.

At a news conference, city and law enforcement leaders gladly accepted the grant from the CALGRIP program, which the governor says will tackle gang problems at all levels.

"In addition to enforcement we also focused on prevention, which is a very important component of all this. I agree with experts who say that the best way to fight gangs is to provide alternatives and opportunities for our kids and that's exactly what we are doing," said Schwarzenegger.

Local officials said this year's grant will be dedicated to reducing gangs in the Rampart area.