Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $197,781)
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.
Detroit Community Justice Partnership, serving as the fiscal agent for the Eastern District of Michigan, will use the funds for the Operation Infinite Justice Project, a collaborative effort implemented with a multi-layered approach and utilizing the resources of the Detroit Police Department's Southwestern District and its neighboring agency, the Dearborn Police Department. The goal of the project is to significantly reduce gun-related crimes that are committed within this area. The primary objective is to combine resources to enhance the rigorous efforts of members of the Southwestern District and its partnering agency, Dearborn. The focus will be to better discern crime patterns, identify the 'worst of the worst' violent offenders, and, ultimately and collaboratively, prevent offenses in the identified targeted areas that permeate crime through the boundaries of Southwestern District and the city of Dearborn. Proactive and re-active efforts will be implemented through aggressive patrol, youth mentoring, and community relations.