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The Southern District of Mississippi 2008 PSN/Anti-Gang Initiative

Award Information

Award #
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $100,887)

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 Southern District of Mississippi changed the fiscal agent for this grant award to the University of Southern Mississippi. The University of Southern Mississippi will use the FY 2008 PSN grant to continue a two-prong approach to combating gun and gang crime in the city of Jackson and surrounding areas through prevention and enforcement methods. The goals of the program are to: reduce the number of firearm related crimes in Jackson and other affected areas of the district; train local law enforcement officers and provide information to target the worst of the worst criminals involved in gun and gang activity; and partner with social service agencies, non profit community assistance agencies, faith- based groups, schools, and private businesses to promote a comprehensive and coordinated community action plan. The PSN selection committee will approve applications which will support the district's plan for combating gun and gang crime.


Date Created: December 19, 2010