Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $96,901)
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 Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, serving as the fiscal agent for the Middle District of Georgia, will use the grant to support community collaboration, prevention, and suppression programs that enhance the goals of reducing gun and gang-related crime and violence. The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office will purchase a Paraben Seizure Device with CSI Stick and two digital cameras for use by the Sheriff's Gang Task Force. The Macon Police Department will use funds to purchase computers and provide overtime for the Gang Unit. The Boys and Girls Club of Valdosta will implement the Street SMART program at the Toombs Street facility. This program equips young people with important problem-solving, decision-making, and communication skills. Macon Regional Crimestoppers will fund personnel to promote no guns in schools and to encourage anonymous telephone calls from students.