Goldsboro considers how to use grant in fight against gang violence

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — The governor is stepping in to help fight gang violence in Goldsboro.

The Governor’s Crime Commission will be giving the city a $50,000 grant to try to help reduce gang violence in the area.

This week, the Goldsboro Police Chief and Wayne County Sheriff will meet to figure out their biggest needs and where the money would be best used to fight the problem.

Police believe putting more officers on the streets will help the most so the majority of the money will most likely go toward paying officers overtime, according to city leaders.

The governor cites the alarming increase in homicides this year as the reason for the grant. Goldsboro has had eight murders so far in 2016. There were nine murders in all of 2015.

Police say most of the murders this year have been gang-related.

“I’ve said all along that we are going to confront these gangs and help our small towns and cities any way we can to fight this surge of gang activity that’s occurred in the past 5-10 years,” said Governor Pat McCrory in an interview.

City leaders and law enforcement will finalize their spending plan in the next few weeks and ask city council for approval. Council will most likely vote on the grant funding at their next meeting on August 15th or their meeting on September 6th.

In addition to the grant, Goldsboro city officials announced Friday they are offering a $5,000 reward for each of the five unsolved murders in Goldsboro this year. The reward money was donated by local business owners.

The Governor’s Crime Commission recently offered similar support to Nash County. The county was given a $25,000 grant to pay a retired DEA agent to lead a regional gang taskforce. The area has seen a reduction in gang violence as a result, according to the governor’s office.

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