Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $199,137)
The Fiscal Year (FY) 21 Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program for the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for District of Oregon was awarded an amount of $199,137 for a project period of October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2024.
The District of Oregon’s goal for the FY 2021 PSN grant is the reduction of gun and group/gang violence in the Target Enforcement Area (TEA) which includes Portland and the City of Gresham, both located in Multnomah County.
The District has developed objectives and strategies in order meet its goal that are guided by the four PSN Pillars: Community Engagement, Prevention & Intervention, Focused & Strategic Enforcement, and Accountability.
Community Engagement: The District will continue to develop and maintain partnerships with and between law enforcement, government entities, and community partners.
Prevention & Intervention: The District will continue and improve upon targeted prevention efforts for individuals at highest risk to be a victim or perpetrator in a shooting in the TEA, including firearm violence victims, in order to reduce risk of re-hospitalization for firearm or assault injuries, arrest for firearm or violent crime, and death by homicide.
Focused & Strategic Enforcement: The District will maintain the Portland Area Crime Gun Initiative, which is designed to reduce gun violence in the TEA by the most violent offenders by coordinating enhanced investigations and prosecutions of individuals, groups/gangs engaged in serial shootings.
Accountability: The District, with its research partner, will evaluate the efficacy and efficiency of PACGI practices, as well as Life Coach/Intensive Case Management prevention and intervention efforts.
The PSN Team for the District has representatives from many agencies who take part in executing the PSN grant strategy including: the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Oregon State Police, Portland Police Bureau, Gresham Police Department, Multnomah County Sheriff, FBI, ATF, Multnomah County District Attorney, Oregon Department of Corrections, Multnomah County Department of Community Justice, Oregon Youth Authority, US Probation, and the Mayor’s Office. The selection committee is made up of the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Youth Violence Prevention, a community member, and a former Senior Deputy District Attorney. The District will continue to identify key stakeholders in the community with capacity to provide necessary services to at-risk individuals and their families to reduce gun and group/gang violence.