Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $197,720)
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 Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance serves as the fiscal agent for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The Eastern District contains seven of Wisconsin's ten largest cities, including Milwaukee, which has a county population of nearly one million people, and gun crime has become a major concern in the district. The Eastern District will reduce gun crime by funding the following activities: 1) expanding the knowledge of law enforcement and prosecutors in Wisconsin on the topics relating to gun crime, such as federal and state firearms laws, characteristics of an armed gunmen, firearms identification and tracing procedures, laws for search and seizure, and suspect interviewing techniques; 2) increasing cases prosecuted in state and federal courts of felons and domestic violence perpetrators for possession of firearms and of those illegally trafficking in firearms; and 3) increasing coordination among Eastern District agencies in their fight against juvenile gun crime.