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Gang Prevention Money Sought

October 11th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and a host of other law
enforcement officers are asking Governor Charlie Crist for ten million
dollars in next years budget to fight gangs and educate kids and parents
of the gang danger. Bradshaw says the problem is beyond just one
county’s ability to deal with.

“Well basically the Governor and his office understand that there’s a
gang issue in Palm Beach county. But what’s happened is the gangs have
taken from Palm Beach county into Dade and Broward and the rest of the
state,” Bradshaw said. “Some of the gangs that are actually in Palm Beach county operate
in Tallahassee. So it’s not just a Palm Beach problem, it’s a regional
problem. And that’s why we believe it’s important to get this funding,
to address it regionally, which will effect every area of the state. ”

Asked later, the Governor said he was sympathetic to the request. The
question will be whether the state can afford the ten million after
budget cuts being made in this years budget and a gloomy outlook for
revenues next year.

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