Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $91,130)
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 Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance, serving as the fiscal agent for the Western District of Wisconsin, will use the grant to address the areas with the highest level of gun crime and gang activity. The proposed project will focus enforcement efforts in the targeted areas of Dane and Rock Counties, including the cities of Madison, Fitchburg, Sun Prairie, Beloit, and Janesville. Grant funds will be used to reduce gun-related violent crime, increase patrol hours in high risk areas, provide public awareness programs to four community groups, fund a media campaign to publicize gun crime efforts, and expand the participation of law enforcement agencies in electronic intelligence sharing.