Washington Gets Money To Fight Drugs & Gangs

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded the city of Washington in Beaufort County $191,000 for gang and drug prevention efforts.

City officials say the money will allow the police department to dedicate an investigator to intensively follow-up on the intelligence and data gathered by the Department during Project Next Step which has been underway for the past two years.

Project Next Step provided Washington with funds to hire and train a project coordinator who is working closely with neighborhood residents in a Community Oriented Policing program. It also provided initial funds to purchase hardware, software and cameras which assist the Washington Police Department in gathering information on criminal activity in Washington neighborhoods and linking it to intelligence which exists in national and regional databases.

The Department of Justice grant will also provide funds to purchase and deploy advanced technology to gather criminal activity intelligence and to share the data with other law enforcement agencies.


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  • by Anonymous Location: washington on Sep 26, 2009 at 02:45 PM
    just another waste of tax-payers money. drug abusers and dealers can sell out of the courthouse and the law is to stupid and scared to say one word to them. lets get real, this is just another tax for the working class to pay and the thuggs get off with a kiss on the cheek!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Donald Location: Washington on Sep 23, 2009 at 05:02 AM
    Bob: it might be because the county didn't ask for any money OR Jordan is saving the news to have something to brag on next election year. As far as BCSD having money for cars and such, if Jordan would stop wasting money on "brass" and worthless "clubs" there would be plenty of money!
  • by Just a note to Bob Location: Washington on Sep 23, 2009 at 04:52 AM
    Bob: The County can apply for grants just as the City did...Everyone needs to realize that the City is part of Beaufort County....Everyone including the Sheriff's Department. And remember: The County is giving GOOD raises to their employees (the ones they did not lay off), and if they would realize the economic crisis our Beautiful Country is in, maybe they would stop the raises. I am very glad the City was awarded the grant money...Drugs and gangs are terrible in Washington, just as they are everywhere else.
  • by bob Location: Beaufort County on Sep 23, 2009 at 02:07 AM
    You do realize Washington is in Beaufort County. Where is the money for the Sheriff's Office. It seems all the money goes to the City and the County gets nothing. The County needs cars and other equipment that they are unable to get, but the City gets what they want. When is somebody going to wake up and get the county some money so they can do their jobs efficently.
  • by Wondering Location: Choco on Sep 22, 2009 at 08:48 PM
    How many people are in this project. I wonder how much money it cost the tax payers per criminal. As we know the criminals don't pay any taxes so this is another burden on society. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
  • by confused Location: washhington on Sep 22, 2009 at 06:02 PM
    how is this money going to help fight drugs and gangs in conjunction with project next step? The next step project leaves these dealers and gang members on the street with a pop on the hand.
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