Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $331,692)
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 Southern District of California, through the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), will use FY 07 Anti-Gang Initiative funds to support the PSN/Gang committee's efforts of reducing gang involvement in crime and violence. The PSN/Gang committee has partnered with the North County Regional Gang Task Force, the East County Regional Gang Task Force, and the San Diego Regional Fugitive Task Force. Their goals are to: 1) reduce the number of youth joining gangs; 2) reduce the number of current gang members; 3) increase investigations of gang activity; 4) increase gang arrests; and 5) strengthen and increase prosecutions of gang activities/crimes. Community-based organizations and governmental agency services will provide the services to implement the PSN/Gang committee strategy to suppress and prevent gang activity. The grant funds will also be used to complete an evaluation of the program that will measure the results of the implemented strategy.