Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $132,005)
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.
Arkansans for a Safer Arkansas will use their FY07 PSN funds to hire an investigator for gun crimes in order to continue the progress they have made stopping the crime rate from spiraling even higher in the Eastern District. This position will allow the Jefferson County Prosecutor's Office to effectively and aggressively prosecute firearm-related offenses by assisting in the investigations of firearm-related crimes; continue to assist federal and local prosecutors in the preparation of trials of firearm-related offenses; and continue to reinforce a strict prosecution message to the public and potential offenders by maintaining a high profile. The District will also continue the school-based SHOT program, which teaches a combination of gun safety, education of gun laws, and anger management and responsibilities, as well as continuing the billboard media campaign.