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Posted on: November 18, 2022

City of Pueblo Secures over $900,000 in Criminal Justice Grants

PUEBLO—The City of Pueblo secured two grants for addressing needs with criminal justice totaling over $900,000 for the two awards.

“The City of Pueblo is proud to be awarded these two grants and we look forward to the impact for the community,” said Mayor of Pueblo Nick Gradisar. “Both grant focuses address high needs within the city with improvements in lighting in our parks for safety concerns and the other encouraging the community to work collaboratively to engage youth.”

The City of Pueblo received the Crime Prevention through Safer Streets Grant Program award of $774,000 and a Department of Criminal Justice Crime Prevention and Crisis Intervention Grant Program award of $131,660. Both grants align with the work of the 2022 Innovation Training Team from the City of Pueblo and the design-based innovation training from the Bloomberg Center for Innovation at Johns Hopkins University. The City of Pueblo’s focus for the innovation training included place-making and youth development to assist with youth diversion from gang affiliation and crime prevention.

The Department of Criminal Justice Grant secured by the City of Pueblo totals $131,660 with a focus on Crime Prevention and Crisis Intervention. This project for the grant is a hub and spoke model which incorporates residents, programs and organizations throughout the Pueblo community with a multidisciplinary approach. One goal of the program is to engage leaders of multidisciplinary programs and services that help prevent involvement in gangs with each other in a collective impact effort. Another goal of the program is to develop a policy framework to help prevent youth involvement in gangs and promote positive youth development.

The Crime Prevention through Safer Streets grant of $774,000 specifically focuses on the placemaking innovation with installing lights in parks throughout the city. Public safety will be improved by bettering park lighting with upgrades and additions of LED lighting fixtures. Investments will be most worthwhile in Pueblo’s highest-crime neighborhoods. The three parks included in the grant award are Pueblo City Park, Mitchell Park and Ray Aguilera Park. This strategy will not only act as a situational deterrent to crime, but will also improve community cohesion and pride, which in turn increases the willingness of residents to intervene in crime and cooperate with the police. Improved lighting sends a message to potential offenders that the neighborhood no longer offers easy opportunities for crime.

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