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FY 2008 PSN Initiative

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $250,667)

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a nationwide commitment to reducing gun crime, links existing local programs together and provides them with necessary tools. PSN takes a hard line against gun criminals, using every available means to create safer neighborhoods; seeks to achieve heightened coordination among federal, state, and local law enforcement; and 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 Fund for the City of New York, serving as the fiscal agent for the Eastern District of New York, will use the grant to target gun violence activities related to drug trafficking and gang activity. The district will fund activities in the counties of Queens, Kings (Brooklyn), and Richmond (State Island). Queens County will fund a full-time assistant district attorney position to be assigned to the Gang Violence and Hate Crimes Bureau in the Rockaways to coordinate the fight against the scourge of illegal guns and gangs. Kings County (Brooklyn) will dedicate funds to an assistant district attorney to work with the Gun Part Bureau, which focuses on tracking guns and prosecuting gun cases. The dedicated assistant district attorney will focus exclusively on gun cases. Richmond County (Staten Island) will fund two assistant district attorneys assigned to gun and gang cases. Nassau County will fund an assistant district attorney and their School Violence Prevention Initiative (SVPI), which implements anti-violence and anti-bullying programs in middle schools throughout the district.


Date Created: September 7, 2008