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Maryland Gun Crime Reduction Initiative

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $342,182)

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 Maryland Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention will use FY07 PSN funds to continue the efforts of Project Exile's Violent Repeat Offender (VRO) Program in Baltimore City and Prince George's County, the areas with the most pronounced gun violence problem in the District of Maryland. Specifically, the District will fund the following components: 1) one Exile Analyst, who will administer various aspects of the Exile program, including federal and state firearm prosecutions, the VRO program, offender "call-ins," and the outreach media campaign; 2) overtime for eight VRO Task Force officers to investigate target VROs; 3) one Assistant Attorney General (AAG), who will be dedicated to investigating and prosecuting illegal weapons sales, including 'straw' purchases from licensed dealers and illegal secondary transfers of firearms; and 4) one Analyst, who will support the efforts of the AAG by compiling, evaluating, and disseminating information.


Date Created: September 6, 2007