RAPID CITY, S.D. — The City of Rapid City is making use of for a $2 million grant for a program that might concentrate on Community Based Violence Intervention and Prevention.
The grant can be from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance and would create a 3 yr program that wouldn’t require a metropolis match.
Roughly six positions can be created with the grant. City officers say the program will create alternatives for town and the Rapid City Police Department’s dedication to creating long run options.
“The Rapid City Police Department has been a number one entity within the efforts to scale back violence and create neighborhood capability to interrupt some of these cycles, so we’ve seen as I mentioned earlier than, nice progress within the within the funding of these neighborhood pushed initiatives,” mentioned Lila Mehlhaff, the Human Services Coordinator for the City of Rapid City.
Melhaff says the program and positions will even concentrate on fixing a key subject in the neighborhood, runaway youths.
She says that Journey On, a non-profit that has answered over 50 p.c of RCPD’s homeless calls, is one thing they’re utilizing to assist in danger youth who’ve confronted trauma.
“They are, you understand, credible messengers,” Melhaff mentioned. “So Journey On has people who find themselves culturally related, so to talk, to some of the people who they’re working with within the homeless neighborhood. And we’re simply hoping to have the ability to additionally form of replicate that with our youth.”
The authorized and finance committee will think about the request Wednesday at City Hall.