Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $67,938)
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 YWCA of Wheeling, serving as the fiscal agent for the Northern District of West Virginia, will use the FY 2008 PSN grant to reduce gun crime throughout the district's 32 counties. Grant funds will be used to: support attendance at national and local trainings in an effort to increase knowledge and provide networking opportunities for law enforcement officers, domestic violence advocates, and others interested in addressing the issue of domestic violence, stalking, and associated firearm-related crime; hire and federally deputize a local or state law enforcement officer to work full-time with the ATF on firearms investigations under PSN; and provide two one-day train-the-trainer seminars that focus on gun control and firearm crime prevention.