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Anti-Gang Initiative

Award Information

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Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $303,266)

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 Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will increase the effectiveness of gang investigations, community supervision, and support the suppression, intervention, and prevention of gang activity in the Birmingham metropolitan area. Through the grant, funds will support the Creating Opportunity Maps to Promote Achievement and Shared Success (COMPASS) approach, which involves cooperative partnerships of various federal, state, and local agencies in order to combat youth violence and delinquency in the community. Core principles of the program center on expanding mentoring and intervention programs that assist families involved in the court system, developing social training mentoring programs for effective dissemination and sustainability, and performing asset mapping procedures, that allow community stakeholders to identify organizations, businesses, and agencies willing to commit to the community. COMPASS also includes a family component comprised of participation activities and positive feedback instruction.


Date Created: September 29, 2009