Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $99,121)
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 San Diego Association of Governments, serving as the fiscal agent for the Southern District of California, will leverage and utilize limited resources to most effectively target and reduce gun- and gang-related crime in the Southern District of California. To accomplish this goal, seven PSN specific objectives will be addressed that have been linked to successful PSN outcomes: strong partnerships, strategic planning and tracking accountability, training, problem solving, directed patrols and field interrogations, social services, and firearms tracing. PSN project partners will conduct six coordinate police operations, the U.S. Attorney's Office will increase the number of gun crime cases prosecuted, high-risk adjudicated youth will be mentored, extensive outreach to the community will be conducted, and law enforcement officers will be trained. In addition, the research partner will continue to collect and compile statistics related to these efforts to measure outcomes and inform the development of new strategies.