Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $149,912)
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 New Mexico Department of Public Safety will use their FY07 PSN funds to strengthen community, education, law enforcement, probation and parole, medical, and prosecution coordination efforts in responding to gun violence in schools and the community. The District will fund the following initiatives: 1) the Albuquerque Police Department, Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office, and the Las Cruces Police Department will enhance existing gun violence reduction strategies; 2) the Albuquerque Public Schools will implement the Project Sentry juvenile justice crime prevention and intervention program; 3) Rick Johnson and Company will utilize multiple communication vehicles to inform the community about gun violence and gun crime suppression and prevention efforts and outcomes; and 4) a Project Associate will coordinate and manage the program, as well as evaluate the effectiveness of it.