$650,000+ Crackdown On Crime

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

Guns. Drugs. Crime.

Enemies when it comes to keeping the streets safe.

"With crime and drugs we always want to stay one step ahead of the criminal element," says Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.

That should be a little easier now, after a $650,000 stimulus windfall-- meant to help crackdown on drug and violent crime-- has come into Lansing's hands.

"I was pleasantly surprised because last year we only got $45,000--- this year we got $650,000," says Lansing Police Chief Mark Alley.

Alley says he has many ideas what to do with the funds.

"We have a lot of options, we will prioritize-- we're delighted to have the opportunity," he says.

But the wheels in Bernero's mind are already turning; the crime-fighting cash will have many places to go.

"As you know, we put cameras up-- this money could be used to put up more," he says. "It could be used for assisting victims of crimes, youth mentoring, it can be used for helping violence against women," he lists.

There are guidelines set by the feds as to how the money can be used. A rubric for how Lansing intends to use the money must be submitted by May 18th.

Bernero has no illusions about the money or what it will do-- but he does have hope.

"$650,000 will not end the drug trade. I wish i had the silver bullet. But when you have assistance, youth mentoring, you are doing that in the long run."

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