Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $132,447)
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 Mississippi Division of Public Safety Planning will use FY07 PSN funds to target increasing gun and gang crime in the City of Jackson through prevention and enforcement methods. The Southern District will fund the following activities: 1) Conduct a media campaign to raise public awareness and target those vulnerable to prosecution under federal gun laws; 2) Hire a publicity/program coordinator to help guide the promotion and the program itself; 3) Provide overtime to officers to address violent crimes involving guns in the Jackson metropolitan area; 4) Purchase unmarked vehicles for the gun interdiction unit to investigate and make arrests in the worst areas of Jackson.