The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has awarded the City of Lawrence a Shannon Anti Gang Grant in the amount of $150,000. This is the fourth year in a row the city has received a Shannon Grant. Shannon Grants are awarded on a competitive basis under The Senator Charles E. Shannon Community Safety Initiative (Shannon CSI) to support regional and multi-disciplinary approaches to combat gang violence through coordinated programs for prevention and intervention. These multi-disciplinary approaches include law enforcement initiatives such as anti-gang task forces, targeting of enforcement resources through the use of crime mapping, focused prosecution efforts and programs that provide youth with supervised out-of-school activities.
In accepting the grant, Mayor Lantigua said “This is another wonderful example of the close working relationship this great City has with Commonwealth in addressing the challenges in creating a better life for our residents. Our youth are our most valuable resource and I am committed to providing them with the best possible opportunity to create a bright future for themselves and their families.” Mayor Lantigua had pledged to provide opportunities to youth at the start of his administration.
The Grant is administered by the Community Development Department working in close partnership with Mayor’s office and the Lawrence Police Department. Other community based organizations such as Youthbuild, The Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA and the YWCA also provide the youth programs contemplated under the Shannon Grant.
Lawrence Police Chief Romero, upon receiving notice of the grant, said “Our department has always been committed to working cooperatively with our youth and the residents of the city to provide a safe and healthy living environment and stability in our neighborhoods. This continues to be our goal and the Shannon grant is vital to our effort”.
The Shannon CSI was originally funded in 2006 and provides funding to communities that are able to demonstrate high levels of youth violence and gang problems, a comprehensive plan to work with multi-disciplinary partners and commitment to coordinated prevention and intervention strategies. Funding is primarily used for Gang task force personnel, Crime analysis, and Social intervention and opportunity provision programs.
For more information about the Shannon grant, please visit www.shannoncsi.neu.edu