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FY 2008 Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $102,954)

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.

Louisville Jefferson County Metro Government, serving as the fiscal agent for the Western District of Kentucky, will use the grant funds to implement initiatives that will augment the collaborative approach to processing and prosecuting offenders who commit firearm-related crimes. Grant funds will be used to: support the Louisville Metro Project Backfire program coordinator for seven months to allow for consistent, aggressive enforcement of existing laws that govern the unlawful possession or use of firearms; pay for a specialized prosecutor for the Louisville Metro Project Backfire Program for an additional year, increasing Louisville Metro's ability to hold offenders of gun crimes accountable; and enhance law enforcement initiatives that focus on gun crimes. Overtime funding will also be available to select law enforcement agencies within the district, including targeted patrols, task forces, and enhanced investigations.


Date Created: September 2, 2008