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Little Rock Hopes New Grant will Help Wave of Violent Crime in City

SEPTEMBER 29, 2006 - Posted at 8:00 a.m. CDT

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Little Rock Police Department has received a $160,000 federal grant to fund extra officers to combat gangs.  But officials at a news conference yesterday acknowledged that the surge in the Little Rock homicide rate is not caused by gang violence.

The Justice Department Project Safe Neighborhoods grant will provide the equivalent of eight extra officers a week during the coming months.  Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas says those officers will patrol neighborhoods that have a potential for gang activity.

Thomas says the majority of the 47 homicides in Little Rock this year are attritutable to personal disputes, not gang disputes.  He says the grant will provide a greater police presence in Little Rock neighborhoods.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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