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Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $148,523)

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 Shelby County District Attorney General's Office will use the FY07 PSN funds to continue their 'Gun Crime Is Jail Time' and 'No Deals' initiatives. The Western District of Tennessee will fund two cross-designated assistant prosecutors for the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office. They will be dedicated to firearm-related cases. The Memphis Police Department will purchase vehicles, equipment, and training for the investigation and enforcement of felons who illegally possess guns; the Jackson Police Department will co-sponsor training on street gang investigations, PSN and gang prosecution techniques, and an overview of the PSN initiative, as well as fund training for its officers on armed gunman characteristics; and a local firm will purchase television time and billboard space to advertise the 'Gun Crime is Jail Time' and 'No Deals' messages.


Date Created: September 5, 2007