Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $155,210)
The Project Safe Neighborhood Task Force is an enforcement project whose efforts are based on data developed by the Ogden Area Tactical Analysis Center (ATAC). The project area was developed based on crime data produced from the ATAC. The project area encompasses 5.25 square miles containing a residential population of 22,069 residents. Our goals and objectives are to mitigate the severity and frequency of gang offenses in the project area by focusing additional enforcement efforts on documented gang members in the project area. This includes gang members on parole and probation, actively being investigated for violent crimes, and gang organizational leaders in the project area. Enforcement strategies will be evidence-based and supported by the ATAC.
The enforcement efforts are primarily completed by the Ogden City Police Department, but we are assisted by the Weber County Sheriff’s Office, Utah Department of Adult Parole and Probation, the South Ogden Police Department, the Utah Department of Public Safety, the United States Attorney’s Office, and the Weber County Attorney’s Office. Gang and violent crime lead to destabilization of neighborhoods. Therefore, cases are developed on gang “Shot Caller’s” and/or career violent criminal elements in the project area. These cases are investigated, screened for federal charges, which includes drug charges and restricted persons in possession of firearms cases. The individuals charged with federal offense must meet strict guidelines for on-going patterns of habitual criminal activity. The cases against these offenders and gang organizations are screened and filed by Special United States Attorney’s Office.
Funding is allocated to support enforcement, DNA testing, prosecution and evidence-based community programs in partnership with our fiscal agent, the United Way of Northern Utah. A crime analyst in the Ogden ATAC completes regular review of crime trends in the project area, recent releases from state and federal prison and most wanted lists.
Technology investment in the PSN Area is critical to our success. Overt, Covert and LPR camera technology is being deployed to the area to enhance the ability of our crime analyst to gather intelligence and to assist in the stabilization of offenses in the project neighborhoods.
The project also funds training of officers in the necessary investigative skills to develop a case that can be successfully screened and filed by the SAUSA’s and attendance at each PSN Conference by representatives of the PSN team.