- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County officials say a pair of federal grants is expected to help the county curb youth violence and bolster its police department.

Officials say $1 million in federal funding from the Department of Justice is expected to help the DeKalb County Board of Health, the DeKalb County government and the City of Clarkston bolster programs aimed at reducing youth violence. The grant funding will be paid out over the course of three years.

County officials also said they’re using a three-year, $1.3 million Community Oriented Policing Services grant to hire 15 police officers or rehire ones who have been laid off as a result of budget cuts.

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