City council approves $196K grant to improve community safety

This comes after a grant was approved by the Springfield City Council Tuesday night. (WICS)

Nearly $200,000 will now be used in efforts to stop violent crimes in the capital city.

This comes after a grant was approved by the Springfield City Council Tuesday night.

Chief of Police Kenny Winslow said the grant will go to fund four positions, their research partner, program manager, social service coordinator, and outreach coordinator.

Winslow said the four positions are needed to help support their deterrence programs.

"We were granted a planning grant this is actually the implementation grant this year we hope to be rolling this out on the first quarter of next year getting it rolling, coming up with a community education plan as well to educate the community on what focus deterrence is and on what we will be out there doing,"

The $196,000 is only for the upcoming year and Chief Winslow said they will continue to apply for the same grant the following years.

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