Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $131,042)
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 Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, serving as the fiscal agent for the Southern District of Indiana, will use the grant for specific law enforcement initiatives, community outreach programs, and prevention programs. The target area for focused PSN efforts will include Indianapolis-Marion County and other high crime areas. Grant funds will be provided for overtime and equipment for district gang and violent crime teams, prevention and educational programs for at-risk youth, forensic technology to aid in identifying suspects of gun-related crime, and improvements to citizen and police interaction. Funds will be used to continue a neighborhood coordinator position, which supports all community outreach programs and helps raise awareness in the community concerning gun and gang crime. Plans include partnering with former Indianapolis Colts coach, Tony Dungy, to develop, design, and implement a gun crime reduction and anti-gang crime curriculum for All Pro Dads.