Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $60,644)
Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a nationwide commitment to reducing gun and gang crime, links existing local programs together and provides them with necessary tools. PSN 1) takes a hard line against persons involved in gun and gang crime, 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 Hoyleton Youth and Family Service, serving as the fiscal agent for the Southern District of Indiana, will reduce the number of violent crimes in the communities of East Saint Louis, Eagle Park, Washington Park, Alorton, Brooklyn, Centreville, Venice and Madison with an emphasis on federally funded housing projects located in these communities. To counter the problem of understaffed police departments, the Metro East WAVE project will provide targeted, focused, and pro-active enforcement of designated locations, utilizing enforcement techniques that are proven effective. Agents will also continue to make undercover drug purchases, conduct traffic stops, execute search warrants, as well as target violent offenders and locations notorious for open-air drug deals and violent crimes to occur. PSN funds will pay for overtime for officers who are assigned to the WAVE detail on a full time status.