Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $105,172)
Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
2021 Project Safe Neighborhoods Discretionary Grant Program
The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC), the State Administering Agency for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, is pleased to submit this application on behalf of the Southern District of Georgia’s U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). CJCC seeks to use PSN funds to reduce violent crime in three populous cities within the Southern District of Georgia, which are Savannah, Brunswick, and Augusta. Implementation for this proposal will begin on October 1, 2021 and end September 30, 2024.
Each of the populous cities experienced increased criminal activity in past years as well as an increase in crime rate. The PSN task force for the Southern District of Georgia (SDGA) has members in each target area comprised of federal, state, and local law enforcement partners. The task force will use available crime data, methods, and technology to identify offenders driving violent crime rates to investigate, prosecute, and prevent violent crime. The SDGA intends to use law enforcement intelligence, criminal history information, crime data statistics, violent crime incident data, gun crime data, gun confiscation data, 911 calls, and incident reports to identify locations within these target cities experiencing violent crime.
The task force will also use its targeted and prioritized enforcement initiatives, such as neighborhood operations, the Prosecutor-to-Prosecutor Program, and Project Ceasefire, to investigate and prosecute violent crime. Additionally, the task force will engage in community education and awareness events to prevent violent crime. It is the intention of the task force to utilize the grant funds for enforcement operations and public awareness campaigns.