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Project Safe Neighborhoods - Middle District of Florida

Award Information

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Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $298,966)

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 Florida Department of Law Enforcement, serving as the fiscal agent for the Middle District of Florida (MDF), will use the grant to reduce gun crime and gang activity in the district. The PSN Selection Committee will select projects that collectively fulfill the criteria necessary to enhance the PSN strategy and partnerships by targeting new prosecutors in key areas, community outreach efforts, prevention efforts, supporting task force initiatives, and other related strategies. These projects will coordinate and implement proactive investigations that will lead to the arrest and prosecution of gun crimes as well as gang members identified through a collaborative effort among task force agencies. Gang intelligence data will be collected to prevent youth crime, violence, and gang involvement on school campuses. Efforts will be made to develop a positive relationship among law enforcement, families, and youth to create safer communities. Officers will attend anti-gang training to increase their knowledge on gangs and gang-related activities in order to combat local problems.


Date Created: September 15, 2009