Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $78,462)
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 Northeast Council of Governments of South Dakota has established two main goals of its PSN program: 1) increase prosecution of firearm related crimes by providing updated tools for forensic firearm examination, and 2) increase prosecution of firearm related crimes that occur at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rallies. These goals will be achieved by utilizing its FY 2007 PSN funds to provide useful, durable, and precise forensic examination tools to the South Dakota Forensic Lab, and provide additional training to all law enforcement officers that work at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to familiarize officers with state and federal statures used to combat gun and gang-related crime.