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Project Safe Neighborhoods, Northern District

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $102,967)

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.

The Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy will utilize FY07 PSN funds to combat violent firearm- and gang-related crime that is due in large part to the methamphetamine problem in the Northern District of Iowa. The communities with the most well-documented gun crime and violence in the District will be the targeted areas.

The following initiatives will be funded: 1) The Black Hawk County Attorney's Office will partially fund a prosecutor dedicated to gun cases, who will also work on gang-related cases funded through the Anti-Gang Initiative, and who will also collect and monitor local data related to firearm- and gang-related crime; 2) The Waterloo Police Department and the Cedar Rapids Police Department will each fund officer overtime to investigate firearm-related crimes; 3) The 6th Judicial Department of Correctional Services will fund an Administrative Law Judge to monitor probation/parole clients participating in the Top 25 Program, a program for the most violent or high-risk offenders with the goal of successfully transitioning these offenders to traditional levels of supervision; 4) The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office will send one Investigations Deputy to the International Association for Identification Conference, purchase equipment that will be used to investigate gun cases at the County level, and provide community education at various County functions; and 5) The Sioux City Police Department will provide training and materials for an Identification Technician who will evaluate evidence for firearm-related cases, fund officer overtime for the investigation of firearm-related cases, purchase a vacuum chamber to improve latent fingerprint identification, and purchase equipment for crime scene reconstruction and evidence documentation.


Date Created: September 5, 2007