Monday, Congressman Andrews announced that a $1,400,000 federal grant has been awarded to the City of Camden to reduce youth violence and gang crime. Congressman Andrews strongly advocated in favor of the funding to maximize resources that combat the persistent problem of crime in Camden.
According to statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Camden's overall crime rate is five times the national average, and murder rate is more than 12 times the national average. This competitive grant, that is part of the U.S. Department of Justice's Community-Based Violence Prevention program, aims to prevent violence crimes through a combination of prevention, intervention, enforcement and reentry programs focused on youths.
"Violence is epidemic and these strategies have helped to reduce shootings, stabbings and beatings in cities across our nation," said Congressman Andrews. "Investing in community outreach efforts that target gang-related crimes will not only help keep the city's streets safe, but is vital to Camden's revitalization. I know making Camden a safer place to live, study and work, is a top priority of Mayor Redd's and I will continue to work with her and Senator Menendez to obtain the resources we need to reduce crime and protect the spirit of this great city."
Nationwide, the Department of Justice awarded eight million dollars to six communities to reduce youth violence and make communities safer. Congressman Andrews will continue to support any and all efforts that aim to keep the people of South Jersey and the nation safe from violent crimes.