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February 27, 2013 - Syracuse Police
Truce Project Launched in the City of Syracuse

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner, United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian, Onondaga County District Attorney William J. Fitzpatrick and Syracuse Police Chief Frank L. Fowler today announced that Syracuse has taken an important step to address the serious violence that has plagued our city: the official launch of Syracuse Truce-an evidence-based strategy designed to significantly reduce gang and group related homicides and non-fatal shootings in Syracuse. Syracuse Truce is a collaboration between law enforcement and community service agencies that will infuse the area with a new standard of zero-tolerance regarding gun violence. The project is an outgrowth of the federal Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative in the Northern District of New York. Through collaboration with the United States Attorney's Office, the Gifford Foundation is the recipient of a $300,000 federal grant that will fund this initiative. This project is one of nine awarded nationally from the U.S. Department of Justice's Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program.

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September 27, 2012 - Department of Justice
Syracuse - One of nine in the nation to receive funding to reduce gun violence.

Albany, New York - United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian announced today that the Syracuse community has received one of only nine grants awarded nationally from the Bureau of Justice Assistance Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program. Under the Department of Justice's Project Safe Neighborhoods Program, the grant will provide $300,000 to fund "Syracuse Truce," an innovative collaboration between law enforcement and community service agencies to reduce gun crime and gang violence and diminish tension between law enforcement and the community. Syracuse Truce will be implemented with the assistance of the Rosamond Gifford Foundation.

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