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Gang grant helps pay for language interpretation device

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--Gang grant helps pay for language interpretation device. Part of the battle police face is getting the message out there about gangs.

Head sets will be used to translate to families who don't speak English and want to learn more about why their children may be joining gangs. Most of the gangs we have in the area are Hispanic.

The $38,000 grant will go to law enforcement in Kennewick, Richland, Pasco and Benton County. The language interpretation machine will be for public meetings. Kennewick Police Sgt. Ken Lattin "so when the officer or detective is talking into the microphone to the crowd it will go through process where it's interpreted to an appropriate language and an audience member can wear the headphones and get that interpreted for them."

The translation device works for multiple languages. The grant also covers funding for overtime costs, gang investigations and gang prevention training.

Pasco Police Capt. Jim Raymond says "so anything that you know is gang related and ultimately where we can collaborate department to department; Kennewick, Pasco, Richland. We all kind of come together and work together on some of those gang issues. That's what the money is used for."

This is the 5th straight year the departments have received gang grant funding. It is the most money they have received for a gang grant since 2008.