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Thursday, 02 October 2014 07:26

Turlock Police Department Receives $500K Grant for Street Crimes Unit

Written by  Janie Costa
Turlock Police Department Receives $500K Grant for Street Crimes Unit TurlockCityNews.com
With crime on the rise, news of Representative Jeff Denham's (R-Turlock) help in procuring a $500,000 grant for the Turlock Police Department from the Department of Justice (DOJ) comes as welcome to the Turlock community.

In July, Denham wrote a letter to the DOJ’s office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) in support of a grant that the Turlock Police Department applied for that would allow four new officers to be hired and reinstate their Street Crimes Unit.

Budget cuts have been a significantly apparent issue in terms of public safety. In a 12 month span, the Turlock Police Department saw five officers leave to other agencies. The Department has since sworn in two officers and sent three officer trainees to the Academy, but still remain short-staffed.

The Street Crimes Unit had previously been proactive in seeking out gang members, violent criminals, utilizing parole/probation tools, and implementing a community education component.

The awarded grants are only permitted to provide up to 75 percent of the approved entry-level salaries and fringe benefits of full-time officers for a 36-month grant period. There is a minimum 25 percent local cash match requirement of the $500,000 grant.

This means that the Turlock City Council must authorize and commit to spending at least $125,000, 25 percent of the grant, in order to receive it.

“The return of the proactive Unit will allow intelligence information sharing enabling sworn personnel to operate more efficiently,” said Denham. “Officers will not only know who the gang members are, but will know who the stakeholders are, allowing relationships to be built in the community and a community policy strategy to be upheld.”

Should the Turlock City Council appropriate the minimum amount of funds necessary to secure the Federal grant, the City has the potential to combat and curb increasingly high crime rates.  

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  1. Concerned Citizen

This is great news for some other city or county. Turlock will train new officers, but the lack of competitive pay and less than average benefits will force them to seek employment elsewhere. It is time for the city to pull on their big boy and...

This is great news for some other city or county. Turlock will train new officers, but the lack of competitive pay and less than average benefits will force them to seek employment elsewhere. It is time for the city to pull on their big boy and girl pants and stop building without forecasting the need for an increase in municipal services i.e., police, fire, etc. I would rather have my police officers stick around than nicely paved roads. Figure it out soon or Turlock will start creeping up on Stockton as the loveliest place to live.

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  1. Stockton is here!

If you think 5 patrol officers on duty are keeping your streets safe then think again. There is a large gang faction within the city who go untouched and quietly use this town as a home base to endulge in criminal activities. Talk to State and...

If you think 5 patrol officers on duty are keeping your streets safe then think again. There is a large gang faction within the city who go untouched and quietly use this town as a home base to endulge in criminal activities. Talk to State and Federal drug enforcement agencies who can provide you with enough information to demand a change in public safety. Do you really believe, according to local newspapers that the only crime in Turlock is petty theft, auto burglaries and minor drug possession. Until you demand a change and a true evaluation of criminal activities then prepair yourself for a decay in you and your families safety. Stockton is here and it's not going away anytime soon if you hide your head in the sand!

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I hope the city council approves this. We need our street crimes unit.
We have too many gang bangers in this town and they need to be kept in check.
My entire neighborhood has been attempting to drive out a family of brazen drug dealing gang...

I hope the city council approves this. We need our street crimes unit.
We have too many gang bangers in this town and they need to be kept in check.
My entire neighborhood has been attempting to drive out a family of brazen drug dealing gang bangers, reporting their activities to local and county law enforcement but the cockroaches still wander our neighborhood and turlock property management continues to rent to them knowing what their tenants are doing.
Please help!!

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0 #3 Tired of the cockroaches infesting our once safe neighborhood 2014-10-02 21:48
I hope the city council approves this. We need our street crimes unit.
We have too many gang bangers in this town and they need to be kept in check.
My entire neighborhood has been attempting to drive out a family of brazen drug dealing gang bangers, reporting their activities to local and county law enforcement but the cockroaches still wander our neighborhood and turlock property management continues to rent to them knowing what their tenants are doing.
Please help!!
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0 #2 Stockton is here! 2014-10-02 12:56
If you think 5 patrol officers on duty are keeping your streets safe then think again. There is a large gang faction within the city who go untouched and quietly use this town as a home base to endulge in criminal activities. Talk to State and Federal drug enforcement agencies who can provide you with enough information to demand a change in public safety. Do you really believe, according to local newspapers that the only crime in Turlock is petty theft, auto burglaries and minor drug possession. Until you demand a change and a true evaluation of criminal activities then prepair yourself for a decay in you and your families safety. Stockton is here and it's not going away anytime soon if you hide your head in the sand!
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0 #1 Concerned Citizen 2014-10-02 10:22
This is great news for some other city or county. Turlock will train new officers, but the lack of competitive pay and less than average benefits will force them to seek employment elsewhere. It is time for the city to pull on their big boy and girl pants and stop building without forecasting the need for an increase in municipal services i.e., police, fire, etc. I would rather have my police officers stick around than nicely paved roads. Figure it out soon or Turlock will start creeping up on Stockton as the loveliest place to live.
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