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Council OKs safety grant

Posted: February 14, 2012 9:21 p.m.
Updated: February 14, 2012 9:21 p.m.

The Santa Clarita City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a $335,833 grant in state funding to pay for the sheriff’s gang and juvenile crime unit.

The funding will go toward paying for two full-time detectives with the Santa Clarita Valley’s Sheriff’s COBRA Team, which investigates all juvenile and gang matters, along with providing outreach to kids, according to city officials.

The team provides gang education and drug education to local junior high school students, as well as participates in an anti-graffiti task force and other youth programs, said Sgt. Dean Currie, who is in charge of the COBRA unit. COBRA also operates a community and teen court diversion program for first-time offenders.

“We’re dealing with the kids, not only for education and diversion, but actually doing the investigation on criminal events,” Currie said.

The COBRA Team was able to handle 1,894 juvenile cases, including 1,320 suspects, thanks to last year’s funding, according to information from the city of Santa Clarita.

The city of Santa Clarita has been receiving the Citizens’ Option for Public Safety grants from the state for the past 16 years, according to information from the city of Santa Clarita.

“We anticipate continuing a very successful program for the city,” said Rick Gould, director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services, before Tuesday night’s meeting.


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