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New Orleans Metropolitan Area Anti-Gang Initiative

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $231,467)

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 New Orleans Police Foundation will serve as the fiscal agent for the 2007 Anti-Gang Initiative for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Extensive flooding and damages caused by Hurricane Katrina resulted in large population shifts which relocated many New Orleans' residents to the surrounding suburban areas in Orleans and Jefferson Parishs and the City of Gretna, which did not sustain as much flooding. Because of the post-Katrina population and crime shifts, a multi-jurisdictional task force will be established with the intent of collaborating and sharing information regarding those violent, gang-affiliated, New Orleans offenders who have now migrated to other areas. This project will deliver a proactive, collaborative partnership to reduce gang-related, violent crime and drug trafficking in a burgeoning area of criminal activity.

The goals are to: establish a multi-jurisdictional violent crime task force focused on sharing information and gathering intelligence on the violent criminals operating in the identified areas; reduce street level crime in the identified areas; and improve and enhance the ability to successfully investigate cases, identify suspects, and secure convictions against the most violent repeat offenders. Grant funds will be used to fund overtime for the anti-gang task force, travel expenses for staff to attend the PSN National Conference, supplies, and an audit of the program.


Date Created: August 27, 2007