Santa Clara County gets $50K for gang prevention

August 26, 2011 2:02:49 PM PDT
The U.S. Justice Department awarded a $50,000 grant to Santa Clara County's gang prevention efforts.

The grant comes after San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and the gang prevention task force wrapped up a two-day conference with leaders of a federal task force on youth violence prevention.

Justice Department officials say San Jose is a model for the rest of the nation in combating gangs.

On Wednesday, San Jose ended its controversial deployment of Homeland Security officers that began in late June to help battle a spike in gang violence. Fourteen people had been killed in the first six months of the year.

Police say the effort worked. San José hasn't had a gang-related homicide since June 14.

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