Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $247,426)
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 Multnomah County District Attorney's will use FY07 PSN funds to fund two programs in the District of Oregon. The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office will continue the reduction of youth gun violence and gang activity through the continuation of: 1) the partnership with El Programa Hispano to conduct parental (Padres Contra Pandillas ' Parents Against Gangs) and immigrant (Promotores de Seguridad ' Safety Promoters) education programs about gangs, guns, and the criminal justice system to Latinos; 2) education of youth about gun crimes, gang violence, current state and federal gun laws, the importance of complying with those laws, the importance of reporting gun-related crimes in their neighborhoods, and the current impact of Ballot Measure 11 on youth as they relate to gangs; and 3) aggressive prosecution of gang members throughout the Portland Metropolitan area. The Portland Police Bureau will fund overtime for the Tactical Operations Division to conduct plain-clothed and uniformed operations at events and locations like the annual low rider show, concerts, gun shows, and Friday and Saturday night missions in high-crime target areas, as well as targeted investigation of the ten most violent offenders.