Northern Va. Gang Task Force Funding In Jeopardy | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Northern Va. Gang Task Force Funding In Jeopardy

Play associated audio

Ray Colgan, the executive director of the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force, says the most important work the task force does is often about behind the scenes victories: such as keeping a single teen from joining a gang, or convincing another to leave one.

"I can't tell you about the wins because you really don't see them," he says. "I can tell you about the losses."

The losses range from drug sales to murder: Colgan's latest example is the stabbing death of 15-year-old Miguel Hernandez in Manassas, a crime police link to the MS-13 gang.

But the task force may soon be working with fewer resources, because it can no longer rely on federal funds that have been earmarked by Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) each year since 2003.

Last November, Wolf's Republican colleagues banned earmarks, and that means the task force is trying to find $3 million through competitive federal grants.

Wolf says the process leaves him concerned about the task force's future.

"Without the gang task force, this thing would come back like a raging fire," he says.

The task force won't find out about the grants until the fall.

NPR

In The Northern Ireland Period Thriller '71,' No One Dies Well

The film is about an English private who is cut off from his unit in the middle of a riot in Belfast in 1971. It's a conventional and smashingly good chase melodrama, but it's also a tragedy.
NPR

Should Labels Say Meat Was Made In USA? Ranchers, Meatpackers Disagree

U.S. ranchers want consumers to know their meat came from cattle "raised in America." Meatpackers argue such labels add cost without much benefit. A trade dispute could soon make the labels disappear.
NPR

Justice Department To File Corruption Charges Against Sen. Menendez

The Justice Department plans to file corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., alleging that he did political favors for a friend and donor.
NPR

Saying Goodbye To A Manhattan Classical Music Mecca

The last store in Manhattan devoted exclusively to classical sheet music is closing its doors today — having been lapped by online retailers and free file sharing.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.