- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

COMPTON, Calif. (AP) - Compton is one of several cities nationwide selected to receive federal resources in an effort to reduce violent crime.

The Department of Justice announced Monday that Compton will join the Violence Reduction Network, a two-year initiative aimed at providing assistance to cities with chronic violence.

The Los Angeles Times reports (https://lat.ms/1VonHvM) the program will provide resources - including personnel, training and other support - to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which patrols Compton.

Sheriff’s Lt. Chris Perez says federal agencies will work together to tackle gang violence, human trafficking, narcotics, gun proliferation and cybercrime.

The newspaper notes that while Compton has long been notorious for street gangs, violent crime has lessened significantly in recent years.

Other cities chosen to join the network include Little Rock, Arkansas; West Memphis, Arkansas; Flint, Mich., and Newark, New Jersey.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/


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