Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $180,452)
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 California Emergency Management Agency (CEMA), serving as the fiscal agent for the Eastern District of California, will provide funding for a detective dedicated to the Fresno-based PSN Task Force. This officer will work informally with the Fresno PSN AUSA, to present gun cases to be prosecuted in Federal court. With the designation of a Bakersfield detective assigned to the Task Force, CEMA will formalize Bakersfield PD's partnership with the Task Force. Funds will also be used to partially fund the salary of a full-time officer to be assigned to the ATF Stockton Office to assist in the reviewing and forwarding of PSN cases to the U.S. Attorney's Office.