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Northern District of Illinois PSN Initiative

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $269,485)

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 Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, serving as the fiscal agent for the Northern District of Illinois (NDIL), will use the grant to fund the Chicago Police Department's gun team operations, a dedicated gun prosecutor in the Cook County State's Attorney Office, PSN evaluation and research activities, and the "In My Shoes" gun violence education project at the Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital. The project goals are to reduce drug and gun trafficking activity, reduce the number of parolee weapons offenses in PSN target areas, and enhance the capacity and resources of community and faith-based agencies to address gun and gang violence.


Date Created: August 24, 2008