Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $350,485)
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) plans to allocate the funds for the Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program, also known as Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) to support the United States Attorney's Office (USAO) for the Southern District (SDFL) in efforts to reduce violent crime including but not limited to, felonious firearm crimes and criminal and transnational gang violence and to prevent future criminal activities in the hot spot areas within the SDFL.
The proposed project period is October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2024.
The PSN grant strategy will address the primary crime driver which is the continued threat of violent crime in the targeted enforcement areas (TEAs). Geographic focus of the intervention(s) within the SDFL will be placed in the Northside area of Miami-Dade County; the City of Miami Gardens; the South End of Miami-Dade County; the City of Pompano Beach (Broward County); the City of Fort Pierce (St. Lucie County) and the City of Lake Worth (Palm Beach County). PSN efforts will assist in development of law enforcement and prevention strategies aimed at reducing the violent crime problem in the TEAs and to prevent violent crimes from recurring.
Funding will assist the task force in implementing PSN initiatives to reduce the homicide rate and other serious violent crimes in small, one to two square mile areas within the TEAs. The task force has already integrated evidence-based best practices to support reaching their goal. Thirty percent of the funding will be used for collaborative, coordinated law enforcement efforts focused on criminal and/or transnational organizations, which include but are not limited to gangs engaged in high levels of violent crime, firearms offenses, human trafficking, and drug trafficking.
A research partner for the SDFL has not yet been established.
The key partners for this project include members from the Miami-Dade Police Department; City of Miami Police Department; City of Miami Gardens Police Department; Broward County Sheriff’s Office; City of Fort Pierce Police Department; Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office; State Attorney's Offices; ATF, DEA, and FBI; and the US Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida.