Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $85,977)
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.
Hoyleton Youth and Family Services, in conjunction with the Alexander County Sheriff's Department (ACSD), will use FY 08 PSN funds to reduce gun crime, gun violence, and gang-related crimes. Funds will also be used to expand law enforcement resources across the Southern District.
The ACSD currently lacks the technology needed to provide effective surveillance of targeted locations, severely limiting their ability to make a substantial and sustained impact on criminal activity. The situation is compounded by the small size of local law enforcement agencies, an overall lack of manpower, funding and resources, and the lack of officers specifically tasked to address gang, drug, and firearm violations. PSN funds will pay for overtime required for anti-narcotics work, confidential sources for intelligence and 'buy' money for drug purchases, and basic investigation equipment, such as cameras and telephoto lenses.