Waco: Police apply for multi-million dollar anti-gang grant

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) The Waco Police Department has been invited by the state to apply for a $3.5 million anti-gang grant because of high gang activity in the city.

“I think this grant will give us the opportunity to work with multiple agencies to kind of stem the tide if you will, we will have the resources, we will have money available to investigate and go after people involved in gang activities,” Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Thursday.

Swanton said gangs are active in Waco.

The city is home to members of the outlaw motorcycle gangs the Cossacks and Bandidos as well as the Crips, Bloods, Mexican Mafia and neighborhood gangs.

The grant would provide funds to renovate facilities, dedicate more officers to focus on investigating gangs, and provide them with the equipment needed to conduct thorough investigations, he said.

“With this new task force we will be able to use additional resources from around the state,” Swanton said.

“We are going to be able to stop problems before they arise and officers will go after the problems they know are here.”

Swanton said the Waco Police Department is always looking for ways to keep the community safe.

“It will be instrumental in helping keep our community safe so we are thankful it's going forward," Swanton said.