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Shelby County Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $112,418)

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 Shelby County District Attorney General's Office, serving as the fiscal agent for the Western District of Tennessee, will use the grant funds to pay for: a gang coordinator to oversee the anti-gang strategy; travel costs for the District Attorney's Office to attend the annual PSN conference; and undercover vehicles and equipment designed to aid investigations and enforcement activities including search warrant entry tools, computer enhancements, crime scene and evidence documentation, and evidence collection for the Memphis Police Department (MPD). The district's PSN project is a coordinated effort between the District Attorney's Office, the U.S. Attorney's Office, the MPD, and other local law enforcement to crack down on illegal gun possession and gun-related crime.


Date Created: September 3, 2008