Georgia’s coastal town of Augusta receives money from the Justice Department to fight violent crime

The Augusta and coastal Georgia region will receive nearly $100,000 for a Department of Justice program to reduce violent crime.

On Tuesday, Sen. Jon Ossoff announced $98,657 in annual federal funding for a violent crime program in Augusta, as well as Savannah and Brunswick. Funding comes from the DOJ’s Safe Neighborhoods Project.

The local task force will have locations in all three cities to monitor data on violent crime, gun crime and other metrics and identify areas with particularly high levels of gun violence, the release said. They will work with the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council of Georgia and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia.

“Violent crime impacts Augusta and communities across Georgia,” Ossoff was quoted as saying in a news release. “Better coordination between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies can help us protect families from gun violence and gang activity.”