Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $209,678)
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 Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government serves as the fiscal agent for the State of Kentucky's Western District's Fiscal Year 2007 Anti-Gang Initiative. The District will use its funds to support initiatives that will focus on preventing additional (more serious) crime from those juveniles who are at the highest risk for criminal behavior: those from disadvantaged communities with a high presence of drugs and violence (as well as significant gang activity), those from lower socioeconomic areas, and those who already have some involvement with the criminal justice system. Specifically, the funds will be used to hire a project coordinator and community program specialist who will coordinate and assist with the operations of the anti-gang project. They will work within Metro Government, Juvenile Justice System, and the community as needed to ensure project goals and objectives are met. Additionally, they will provide enhanced monitoring to juvenile participants and will collect and maintain project data as needed by the grant and any evaluation activity. The grant will also provide travel funds to send three project staff to a national gang training/conference.