Project Safe Neighborhoods

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Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a nationwide commitment to reducing gun crime, links existing local programs together and provides them with necessary tools.

Project Safe Neighborhoods

  1. Takes a hard line against gun criminals, using every available means to create safer neighborhoods.
  2. Seeks to achieve heightened coordination among federal, state, and local law enforcement.
  3. Emphasizes tactical intelligence gathering, more aggressive prosecutions, and enhanced accountability through performance measures.

The United States Attorney in each federal judicial district leads the effort. The fiscal agent, in coordination with the PSN Task Force, allocates funds throughout the community.

For FY 2007, DOJ has dedicated $16.7 million to fund current and expanded comprehensive gun crime reduction strategies. DOJ also dedicated additional funding of $32.3 million under its Anti-Gang Initiative to fund new and expanded anti-gang prevention and enforcement efforts under the PSN Initiative. The Anti-Gang Initiative funds will enhance PSN task force efforts to combat gangs by building on effective PSN strategies and partnerships. Each district must show how their gang funding may impact their PSN strategies and need for additional funding. Through the development of district-wide comprehensive anti-gang strategies, the U.S. Attorney in each of the 94 federal judicial districts will partner with local law enforcement and others in the PSN task force to pattern strategies after PSN's five essential elements of partnerships, strategic planning, training, outreach, and accountability.

Legislation: PSN's FY 2007 programs are authorized by Public Law 110-5, embedded secs. 101-104; Pub. L. 109-108, 119 Stat. 2290, 2302. (PDF)

Funding: FY 2008 funding is approximately $13.6 million. FY 2007 PSN and Anti-Gang Initiative funding totaling $49 million was allocated using a formula based on the population and crime of each U.S. Attorney's district.

Eligibility: Subrecipient eligibility is determined by the PSN Task Force Selection Subcommittee in each of the 94 USA districts. Each district's chosen fiscal agent in turn submits the district's application to BJA.

How/When To Apply: Applicants must apply through the Office of Justice Programs Grants Management System (GMS). Each U.S. Attorney district must select a fiscal agent to administer the grant.

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
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