Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $278,229)
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 Colorado Division of Criminal Justice will utilize their FY07 PSN funds to mobilize communities with innovative, collaborative approaches to reduce gun violence, targeting high crime areas that have experienced an increase in firearm-related crime. A competitive funding process will result in awards that reflect the following District goals: 1) increasing the number of federal and state gun prosecutions; 2) supporting juvenile gun violence reduction and prevention projects; 3) supporting the safe schools initiatives, such as enhanced security, conflict resolution and mediation, and a gun safety program; 4) training law enforcement agencies, district attorneys, judges, and probation and parole officers on federal and state gun laws and issues related to domestic violence; 5) supporting offender notification and reintegration projects; and 6) increasing public awareness through the use of the media.