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City of Grandview awarded $30,000 in drug and gang task force funding

YAKIMA – Yakima County commissioners this past Tuesday approved an agreement with the city of Grandview that provides the city with more than $30,000 in federal funds for its efforts to stem drug and gang activity.

The U.S. Department of Justice and Washington state have in place grant programs that provide the funding earmarked for investigating, disrupting and prosecuting drug and gang organizations “…operating at levels above the normal capacity of local jurisdictions to pursue.”

The funds are used to pay an officer for time spent on a multi-jurisdictional drug-gang task force like Yakima County’s LEAD task force, overseen by the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office.

The agreement is in place for one year, expiring on June 30, 2015.

Commissioners Kevin Bouchey, Rand Elliott and Mike Leita approved the agreement unanimously.

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