Davis: More than $130,000 awarded to City of McKeesport

Funding will help enhance McKeesport’s Gun Violence Reduction Program

HARRISBURG, Sept. 13 – The City of McKeesport was awarded $133,000 in state funding that is earmarked to enhance the city’s Gun Violence Reduction Program, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny.

The funding – administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency – will support the incorporation of McKeesport’s Alternative Policing Strategies into its Gun Violence Reduction Program.

“Today McKeesport received crucial funding that will assist the city in showing its young adults a different path to life,” Davis said. “In order for young adults to be successful, they need to have the resources to accomplish that goal. This funding will help McKeesport better assist its youth and young adults, providing them with a brighter future, a positive outlook and a wealth of constructive learning experiences as they transition to the next phase of their lives.”

Davis said MAPS’ goal is to provide young adults with productive alternatives to street life, engage youth with an array of life-learning experiences, and giving at-risk individuals an opportunity to be stakeholders in the community.

To help accomplish the MAPS initiative, Davis said the funding will support grant administration; license plate recognition camera sites; acquiring police vehicles; assemblies and outreach programs; and consultations by a community outreach specialist and two mentors.

PCCD provides planning, coordination and technical assistance to the state’s criminal justice system and serves as a clearinghouse for state and federal grants to support criminal and juvenile justice efforts.