Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $70,367)
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 Mississippi Division of Public Safety Planning, serving as the fiscal agent for Northern District of Mississippi, will use the grant to sustain the Gang Resistance and Education (G.R.E.A.T.) program in Clarksdale and to sponsor a two-day anti-gang training for law enforcement officers within the district. Clarksdale's year long G.R.E.A.T. Program bridges the gap between the police and children in the community and teaches the consequences and alternatives to gang involvement. The proposed summit will provide officers with valuable information and tools for dealing with gang activity, including training on gang recognition. Grant funds will be used for the salary of the G.R.E.A.T. officer and for costs associated with the anti-gang summit. The fiscal agent will use a portion of the grant for administrative purposes.