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Governor Devotes $250,000 For Programs To Bolster Police Relationship With Youth

June 14th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced $250,000 in funding for four Baltimore programs aimed at mending ties between city youth and local law enforcement.

The year's worth of funding from the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Provention, Hogan said in a statement, serves an important purpose

“Finding new ways to improve police-community relations across the state and in our largest city is a top priority for our administration,” Hogan said. “Now more than ever, it is important to provide new and promising opportunities for both children and families, and for the brave police officers who work tirelessly to protect and serve.”

The grant recipients include two Y in Central Maryland "Badges for Baseball" programs for Upton/Druid Heights children; an outdoor challenge course pairing 1,470 teens with city police officers; a program to assess police-youth interactions and develop a training course for both; and a six-week junior state's attorney program for 30 rising eighth grade students from disadvantaged neighborhoods.

“We are grateful that Gov. Hogan is providing these important opportunities for our officers and the families they serve,” police Commissioner Kevin Davis said. “Programs like these are vital to the safety and security of our state’s flagship city as we move forward.”

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