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Projec Safe Neighborhood Initiative - Northern District of Alabama

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $109,792)

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 Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), serving as the fiscal agent for the Northern District of Alabama, will use the grant to continue to focus on the coordination of existing gun violence reduction services and prosecution. The overall strategic plan for the district's PSN task force is increased arrest, prosecution, and incarceration of the most serious and chronic violent offenders; disruption of illegal firearms markets; multi-level and multi-agency strategic response to homicides; communication of an anti-violence message to potential offenders and the community; and development of community-based prevention components. The principal goal of the project will be to support the continued funding of two prosecutors for the State of Alabama's Office of the Attorney General for the purpose of increasing prosecutions targeting firearm-related violent crimes and other gun felonies throughout the Northern District of Alabama. The grant funded attorneys will strive to indict within 90 days and prosecute the following firearm offenses including, but not limited to: possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of a firearm in furtherance of narcotics crimes and violent crimes; bank robberies committed with guns; and carjackings committed with guns.


Date Created: September 3, 2009