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Northern District of Ohio's PSN Program

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $209,217)

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 PSN Task Force for the Northern District of Ohio will develop a crime analysis capability to support gun violence reduction strategies and intelligence-led policing. This initiative will increase the ability of local agencies to compile and analyze complex crime and criminal network data that is essential to reducing gun violence. The Office of Criminal Justice Services will hire an experienced crime analyst to support and train local police personnel and complete specific analytical tasks related to gun violence for eight police departments in the district. The analyst will collaborate with the University of Akron and Kent State University to assess the readiness of each police department to develop a crime analysis unit. The analyst will be located at the Ohio HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas) office and will also work with the State Fusion Center. The Office of Criminal Justice Services will routinely monitor the analyst's work products and serve as liaison with each of the local departments as needed. Work performance will be measured by collecting data on productivity and effectiveness (e.g., number of local analysts trained and number of crime analysis projects completed).


Date Created: August 24, 2008