Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $222,685)
Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a nationwide commitment to reducing gun crime, links existing local programs together and provides them with necessary tools. PSN 1) takes a hard line against gun criminals, using every available means to create safer neighborhoods; 2) seeks to achieve heightened coordination among federal, state, and local law enforcement; and 3) emphasizes tactical intelligence gathering, more aggressive prosecutions, and enhanced accountability through performance measures. The United States Attorney in each federal judicial district will lead the offensive. The fiscal agent, in coordination with the PSN Task Force, will allocate funds throughout the community.
The fiscal agent for the Western District of Washington, the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, will use the grant funds to support two Special Assistant United States Attorneys (SAUSA) positions from King and Pierce Counties. The SAUSAs will provide continuous prosecutorial support in efforts to increase federal gun cases.
Pierce County, a PSN target area, has the highest volume of gun cases, which is due in part to the success of the task forces in the District. As a result of the SAUSA's review of and follow-up on every crime involving a gun in Pierce County as well as the training conducted for local law enforcement officers, there has been a significant impact on gun crime in this District. These funds will continue the aggressive approach to pursuing gun violence and prosecuting gun-related crime.