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Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $174,017)

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 Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety, serving as the fiscal agent for the District of Massachusetts, will use funds to continue and expand its training and prosecution efforts in the cities of Boston, Brockton, Fall River, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, New Bedford, Springfield, and Worcester. Specifically, funds will be used towards overtime for drug analysis chemists to process and expedite federal drug cases. Successful prosecution on federal drug charges will facilitate the removal of dangerous gang members from the District's neighborhoods for significant periods of time. The District will also host up to 1,000 community service and law enforcement personnel in its next Gang Summit, and will fund one training session for law enforcement. In addition, the grant will be used to support continued funding for three Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys at three District Attorney Offices throughout the state.


Date Created: September 15, 2009