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2021 Project Safe Neighborhood

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $284,549)

The District of Colorado’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program was born from the U.S. Attorney Office’s work with its federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to assess crime problems in different communities across Colorado.  The resulting PSN program allows the U.S. Attorney’s Office to apply federal enforcement resources where they will have the biggest impact on those communities in Colorado most troubled by violent crime.  In those communities, the PSN program uses data, law enforcement intelligence, and input from the communities to identify and prosecute the most violent offenders and the most prolific shooters.

    The plan to reduce violent crime through a combination of intervention, prosecution, and re-entry efforts by the District of Colorado PSN Program will be addressed by identifying the most violent individuals and criminal organizations within the four Target Enforcement Areas (TEAs), which are the Denver Metro Area, Colorado Springs, Northern Colorado (Greeley, Fort Collins, and Loveland) and Southern Colorado (Pueblo, a city that historically has an unusually high per capita incidence of violence).  Key characteristics of the plan include targeted efforts for investigations and prosecutions: 1) with task forces on five specific gangs to include the Blood, Cryp (Denver Metro TEA), Dukes, ACE, and Sureños (Southern TEA) gangs; 2) removal of serial shooters and other violent offenders, such as armed serial robbers and armed mid-level drug dealers from the TEA communities; and 3) rebuilding re-entry and prevention efforts through community-based intervention strategies and work with multiple local partner organizations.

    Various forms of data and intelligence will be collected and applied to targeted efforts and evaluations to include CGIC data, incidence of violence in each TEA, and community-based intervention strategies based upon sociological data and incidence of violence, as well as health-based and civilian-led gang intervention information.  In addition, to assist with the documentation and utilization of data, a research partner will be selected to assist in data and intelligence collection for the 2021 project to span October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2024.

Date Created: December 8, 2021