U. S. Justice Department Grant Awarded to Twiggs Sheriff | Community Spirit
The Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office was recently awarded a grant through the U.S. Justice Department. The Grant is a Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant that targets violent gang and gun crime reduction inside Twiggs County. The amount of the grant awarded is $150.000 that will be shared with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.
The Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office plans on using its portion of the grant on equipment and placing an educational program inside its local school systems. Equipment that will be purchased will consist of a crime sharing data base, new computer systems, finger print readers, cameras, and surveillance equipment.
The educational program that is being looked at in the school systems is the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.). G.R.E.A.T. has developed partnerships with nationally recognized organizations, such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Families and Schools Together (FAST), and the National Association of Police Athletic/Activities Leagues, Inc. (PAL). These partnerships encourage positive relationships among the community, parents, schools, and the law enforcement community.
The G.R.E.A.T. Program offers a continuum of components for students and their families that focus on providing life skills to students to help them avoid using delinquent behavior and violence to solve problems. These components include a 13-lesson middle school curriculum, a 6-lesson elementary school curriculum, a summer program, and families training.
The Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office is required to enlist a research partner to implement the grant. The Middle Georgia College Division of Social Sciences and Criminal Justice has agreed to be the research partner. The role of the research partner will be to assist in problem identification, strategy development, and provide ongoing assessment of the strategy and program implementation impact in the community.
The Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office is always looking for new and innovative ways to improve our community and make it a safer place for all to live in recent years the Sheriff’s Office has noticed an increase in gang activity and involvement in several areas of the county. It is the hopes of the Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office that this grant will give the necessary equipment for its deputies to apprehend, prosecute, and deter any and all gang and or gun violence inside Twiggs County. The equipment purchases and training are all 100% funded by the grant and will give the Sheriff’s Office over $70,000 in much need equipment at no expense to the tax payer.