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The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved an allocation of $433,344 for the county’s Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) for the upcoming fiscal year.

Monday’s approval, which allocated the funding from the North Carolina Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, came after unanimous approval from the New Hanover County JCPC, according to council member Bob Speight.

“The JCPC is looked at in New Hanover County as one of the best JCPCs in the state. With your county support and the state funding, it’s just a tremendous program that we have,” Speight told commissioners.

The $433,344 allocation includes $380,019 for YES, a division of New Hanover County Community Justice Services, which provides psychological assessments and counseling to provide appropriate behavioral and mental health treatment, strengthens skill development and increases the overall level of adaptive function for youth and their families.

It also includes $45,725 for New Hanover County Teen Court, which is a diversionary court for middle and high school students to keep first-time offenders out of the criminal justice system. Another $7,600 will go toward administration costs for an administrative assistant, supplies, lunches for children and other necessities.

“I hear so many about the youth empowerment services,” New Hanover County Commissioners Chairman Jonathan Barfield said. “Teen court–I hear great things, as well, about that.”

In other business:

  • Commissioners approved the sheriff’s office moving forward for a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assessments for $124,500 for bulletproof vests for deputies. The grant requires a $62,250 matching grant, which would be funded through the sheriff’s office existing budget. Once the grant is awarded, final approval will once again come before the board of commissioners.
  • Commissioners declared May 27 as Kiwanis Day in New Hanover County. The Kiwanis Club of Wilmington, which was founded in in 1920, is celebrating its 95th anniversary this year. Barfield is expected to present the club with a proclamation on May 27.

New Hanover County commissioners will host their next meeting at 4 p.m. June 8. An agenda review will precede the regular meeting at 4 p.m. June 4.