Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $320,502)
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 Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs will use their FY07 PSN award to target critical and immediate needs in the Greater Seattle Metro area and to provide needed resources to the entire Western District. The District will fund the following enforcement initiatives: a local prosecutor, who is deputized as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, from Pierce and King Counties will be funded to review and follow-up on every gun crime in the county and to provide training to law enforcement; the Northwest Fugitive Apprehension Task Force will fund overtime and travel to continue to coordinate with the PSN Task Force and to expand the program's mobile enforcement; and King County will fund the development and implementation of the King County Domestic Violence Firearms Data Interface, which will provide access to court case databases statewide and manage domestic violence firearm inventory.
The District will also fund the following outreach initiatives: the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention will fund their Behind the Face program, which informs offenders of the ramifications of firearms crime as it relates to felons in possession of firearm, the Federal Armed Career Criminal statute, and the impact of firearms crime on victims, family, and the community; the Snohomish County Boys and Girls Club will fund their Gang Prevention through Targeted Outreach program; and the Breakfast Group will continue their Project MISTER program, which provides intervention opportunities between minority adult males and their younger counterparts who are at-risk for delinquency.