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City Seeks Feedback on Public Safety Grant Application

The City of Santa Clarita is seeking community feedback on a public safety grant proposal for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. All public comments must be received by Friday, June 6, 2013.

The City of Santa Clarita is eligible to receive $26,749 from the U.S. Department of Justice’s JAG program, which is aimed at enhancing public safety. JAG allows states and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime, based on local needs and conditions. Funds may be used for hiring, training and maintaining personnel, as well as for equipment, supplies and more to improve overall crime prevention.

“JAG funding allows the City and Sheriff’s Department to continue successful crime prevention programs and explore new ways to further enhance public safety in Santa Clarita,” said Mayor Laurene Weste. “The City is providing an opportunity for residents to weigh in on the proposed programs and services outlined in the grant application before it is submitted.” 

Proposed operations and strategies include, but are not limited to:

  • ·       Gang enforcement
  • ·       Drug Enforcement
  • ·       Vandalism and graffiti enforcement
  • ·       Probation/parole enforcement
  • ·       Unique patrol methods (T3, bike, foot and off-road) to patrol areas not easily accessible by patrol cars, such as parks, trails, paseos and the Santa Clara river
  • ·       Address daytime burglaries and other crimes perpetrated by minors
  • ·       Address the pawning or resale of stolen property
  • ·       Surveillance, undercover and sting operations, as needed

To view the JAG proposal, visit To comment on the proposal, contact Tess Simgen at (661) 286-4157 or by email at