Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $107,411)
Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a nationwide commitment to reducing gun crime, links existing local programs together and provides them with necessary tools. PSN 1) takes a hard line against gun criminals, using every available means to create safer neighborhoods; 2) seeks to achieve heightened coordination among federal, state, and local law enforcement; and 3) emphasizes tactical intelligence gathering, more aggressive prosecutions, and enhanced accountability through performance measures. The United States Attorney in each federal judicial district will lead the offensive. The fiscal agent, in coordination with the PSN Task Force, will allocate funds throughout the community.
Hoyleton Youth and Family Services, in conjunction with the Jackson County Housing Authority, will use FY07 PSN funding to purchase surveillance and communications equipment. The targeted areas of Murphysboro and Jackson County in the Southern District of Illinois experience a disproportionate amount of drug activity and are known as the 'go to' venue for firearm acquisition and disposition to regional criminal offenders. The new equipment will aid in distance-friendly surveillance of criminal activity and has been designed to ensure regional interoperability.