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Anti-Gang Initiative for the Southern District of Alabama

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $131,119)

The Anti-Gang Initiative provides funds to support new or expanded anti-gang enforcement and prevention efforts under the existing Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Initiative. These new funds may be used by the PSN task force to combat gangs by leveraging current strategies and partnerships developed under PSN initiatives or may be used to develop new anti-gang initiatives. The Anti-Gang initiative will be led by the United States Attorney in each of the 94 federal judicial districts across America. Grant funds will be awarded to a single fiscal agent in each of the 94 districts. The fiscal agent, in coordination with the PSN task force, will allocate the funds throughout the community to support the anti-gang initiative in that community.

The United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSA) will use Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 Anti-Gang Initiative funding to increase the effectiveness of gang investigations and community supervision in the Southern District of Alabama. Funds will be directed to support the suppression, intervention, and prevention of gang activity in three Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) affiliated sites in the Southern District: 1) The Mobile and Baldwin County area which contains the District's largest population center, the City of Mobile, one of the State's fastest growing counties, Baldwin County, and a number of small to mid-size municipalities; 2) Greater Selma area, the City of Selma and a large number of rural areas comprising of the 3rd and 4th Judicial Circuit; and 3) Escambia County, which includes a substantial rural area and the cities of Brewton and Atmore. UWSA will also use the grant funds to support the continued efforts in identifying, addressing, and eliminating gang structures and gang-related criminal activity and will also train law enforcement agencies to better recognize gang activity and to share this information for related investigations and potential prosecution. Anti-gang efforts will also include increased recruitment efforts for instructors and participants in gang resistance education.


Date Created: August 16, 2007