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Project Safe Neighborhoods Anti Gang Initiative to be implemented in the Southern District of West Virginia

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $125,663)

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 West Virginia Division of Criminal Justice Services will serve as the fiscal agent for the Southern District of West Virginia's 2007 Fiscal Year Anti-Gang Initiative. Gang crimes in the district range from drug and gun possession to vandalism and malicious wounding. To combat this situation, the District has identified three programs that will receive sub-grants to implement an anti-gang initiative that will primarily target the cities of Bluefield and Charleston. The City of Charleston will utilize its funds to provide overtime for officers to patrol "hot" gang areas within the city, purchase additional cameras, and provide training for patrol officers on gang suppression and patrol techniques involving gangs and guns. The City of Bluefield will use its funds to purchase cameras and transmission equipment, display system for police dispatchers, and provide training for dispatchers to use the system.


Date Created: August 28, 2007