In an effort to reduce gun violence in north Alabama, the University of North Alabama has received a $272,939 grant from Gov. Robert Bentley.
UNA's Helping Our Partners Excel (HOPE) project seeks to reduce and prevent violent crime, according to Bentley's office. The three-phase project includes law enforcement training, school-based violence prevention programs and rehabilitation to help criminals avoid returning to a life of violence.
"A successful fight against violent crime requires both punishment and prevention," Bentley said. "I commend those involved with this project for their efforts to prevent and reduce violence in Alabama."
According to a press release, the first part of Project HOPE involves training specially selected law enforcement officers from 31 north Alabama counties. Experts teach participants the latest techniques of tracking and tracing weapons and ammunition.