The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office was recently awarded a federal Gun Violence Investigation and Prosecution grant of more than $3 million, further strengthening efforts to remove illegal guns from the streets and hands of those who should not possess them.
The two-year grant of $3,079,328 was administered by the state’s Commission on Crime and Delinquency and will primarily support the development of a countywide Gun Violence Task Force, as well as the extension of access to advanced investigate equipment and technology to municipal departments throughout the county during gun violence investigations.
As demonstrated through the office’s successful efforts to combat gun violence over the past year, funding through this project will directly interdict and reduce firearm-related crimes in the region through a potent combination of strategic partnerships, proactive investigative tools and increased manpower, reads the grant application written by Chief Administrator Steve Doerner.
Over the past few years, the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office has focused resources on fully investigating and prosecuting those who illegally possess, purchase, manufacture and traffic firearms. The Bucks County District Attorney’s Drug Strike Force, working with local, state and federal partners, has disrupted several organizations that offer illegally purchased, stolen or privately manufactured for sale on the illegal market, in turn removing guns from the streets and saving countless lives.
The DA’s Office has successfully applied for and been awarded gun violence grants in the past. In October 2021, the office was awarded a grant that was used to prevent and reduce gun violence in Bucks County neighborhoods.