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Project Safe Neigborhoods "Hard Time for Gun Crime" Initiative to be Implemented in the Southern District of West Virginia

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $89,248)

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 West Virginia Division of Criminal Justice Services will use their FY07 PSN funds to continue their Hard Time for Gun Crime program. The Southern District will fund the following components: 1) Charleston Public Safety Council to contract with Progressity, Inc. who will provide a) a Youth Coordinator to continue to develop, implement, and manage the middle and high school programs in the 23 county target region and b) a Senior Project Consultant to provide on-going strategic planning of outreach, engagement, and media projects; 2) the City of St. Albans to purchase and install covert 360-degree pole video cameras in neighborhoods with high crime rates; 3) the Logan County Sheriff's Office to provide overtime for officers to investigate firearm-related drug and violent crimes; and 4) the Raleigh County Prosecutor's Office to partially fund a dedicated gun crime prosecutor who also coordinates with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the PSN Task Force, and who will work on implementation of a PSN-based community involvement model with law enforcement and citizen activists.


Date Created: August 21, 2007