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Project Safe Neighborhoods/Anti-Gang Initiative

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $70,763)

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 Alaska State Troopers will use FY 08 PSN funds to address the increasing gun and gang-related crime problem in the state. Funds will continue to support both an Assistant District Attorney dedicated to firearms and gun violence cases, as well as a Municipal Prosecutor who will focus on gang-related prosecutions. The goals for the PSN initiative are two-fold: 1) in urban areas, the goal is to aggressively prosecute firearm crimes in order to get violent offenders and weapons off the street, and 2) in rural areas, the goals are primarily education, prevention, and, where appropriate, prosecution of firearm cases with the intent of sending a deterrent message. The goals of the Anti-Gang initiative are to increase the number of federal prosecutions and federal convictions for gang-related crime in the state.


Date Created: August 24, 2008