Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $104,870)
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 Northeast Council of Governments serves as the fiscal agent for the Judicial District of South Dakota's Fiscal Year 2007 Anti-Gang Initiative. The District's gang problems mostly focus on outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMG) involved in criminal activities such as drug distribution, dealing in stolen motorcycles and parts, money laundering, weapons violations, witness tampering, and other acts of violence. To combat this situation, the District will utilize its Anti-Gang Initiative to accomplish the following two goals: 1) Provide additional training to law enforcement officers throughout the state on gathering, submitting, and analyzing intelligence related to criminal gang activity; and 2) Increase prosecution of OMG criminal activity by providing proactive law enforcement operations designed to gather information about the criminal activity of OMGs.