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South Carolina Project Safe Neighborhoods

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $163,612)

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 South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SC DPS), serving as the fiscal agent for the District of South Carolina, will use the grant to promote safe communities and the reduction of gun violence and gang activity through the Ceasefire Task Force. The Ceasefire Task Force will fund the following priority areas: 1) gun and gang crime investigation and suppression to target perpetrators of gang-related crimes or crimes involving the use of a firearm; 2) prevention and education programs such as adult and/or juvenile prevention, education courses on firearm safety and laws regarding gun-related offenses, Gang Resistance Education and Training, youth mentoring programs, and community gang awareness training; 3) data sharing and gathering to enhance the development of a district-wide gang database and programs designed to conduct an empirical study on the current status of guns, gangs, and gang activity in the district; 4) firearm and/or anti-gang crime investigations and task forces to target perpetrators of crimes which involve the use of a firearm or are gang-related; and 5) firearms analysis that will enhance and provide support for state and local law enforcement agencies that analyze firearms and ballistic evidence. The SC DPS will invite eligible applicants to apply for these sub-grants, and once it reviews all applications for technical sufficiency, the selection committee will finalize the recommendations.


Date Created: August 24, 2009