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Grant to target serious crime in Rochester

The Ibero-American Development Corp. has been awarded a nearly $1 million grant to help reduce crime.

The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Justice through its Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program. The funding program provides grants for states and local jurisdictions and supports an array of criminal justice functions.

“I’m proud to help advance efforts that will improve safety and provide additional crime prevention resources,” Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Perinton, said in a statement. “This grant will help Ibero-American Development Corp. identify crime hot spots and develop new and creative approaches to keeping our neighbors safe. I will continue to support this program and all efforts that help protect families across Monroe County.”

The goal of the BCJI program is to reduce crime and improve community safety as part of a comprehensive strategy to advance neighborhood revitalization. Through a cross-sector partnership team including neighborhood residents, BCJI grantees target neighborhoods with hot spots of serious crime and employ data-driven, cross-sector strategies to accomplish the goal.

The funds will enable Ibero to develop a strategic and community-oriented plan in a target neighborhood and begin implementation of the plan during the 12-month project period. Ibero-American Development is an affiliate of Ibero-American Action League Inc. in Rochester.

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