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Delaware's Anti-Gang initiative

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $128,830)

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 Delaware Criminal Justice Council serves as the fiscal agent for the Judicial District of Delaware's 2007 Anti-Gang Initiative. Delaware is witnessing not only members of traditional organized gangs but also local, smaller organized gangs dedicated to criminal activity which is quickly becoming a threat to law enforcement and to the citizen's quality of life. Gangs are involved in illegal activities such as drugs, prostitution, and violence. To combat this situation, the District will use its grant to provide police overtime funds to investigate and arrest gang members and participate in search warrants and intelligence gathering and sharing. Funds will also support programs to educate young people about gangs and provide gang resistance programming through the Department of Education, Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services and other agencies. The Wilmington Police Department will also bring in two speakers for their three-day 'Basic Street Gangs' conference.


Date Created: August 28, 2007