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2007 Anti-Gang Initiative - Indiana Southern District

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $257,060)

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 Indiana Criminal Justice Institute serves as the fiscal agent for the Southern District of Indiana's Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 Anti-Gang Initiative. The District plans to use the grant funds to continue and expand their prevention and enforcement programs, particularly in the Indianapolis-Marion County area. The District will fund the following initiatives: 1) A Research Coordinator will be funded to review statistics, monitor and evaluate the performance of current programs, and determine where additional funding is needed; 2) Indianapolis-Metropolitan Police Department and other law enforcement agencies across the District will receive funding to support prevention, investigation, and enforcement programs, including the new 'Worst of the Worst' project; 3) Various law enforcement agencies will purchase Write Blocker devices, which aid in the recovery of computer hard drive information and will be used to prosecute gang members who communicate through electronic means; 4) Community-, faith-, and school-based outreach programs to reduce gang activity among youth will be funded; 5) Two Neighborhood Coordinators, who raise awareness and educate communities and schools about gang-related issues, will be partially funded; 6) The media campaign will be continued through the funding of a Media and Marketing Consultant and various printing and promotional costs; and 7) Anti-gang training for Task Force partners will be conducted across the district.


Date Created: September 4, 2007