Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $92,762)
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 city of Knoxville, serving as the fiscal agent for the Eastern District of Tennessee, will to further strengthen existing collaborations through programs and training targeting gun and gang-related suppression enforcement initiatives. Key elements will include coordinating multi-agency approaches to the investigation and prosecution of violent gun crimes, sharing violent crime information and supporting criminal intelligence units and databases, and educating criminal justice partners, community leaders, and the public through outreach and training events. The city of Knoxville and the Eastern District of Tennessee will continue to partner with the appropriate local, state, and federal agencies in an effort to successfully implement the PSN strategy and coordinate the planning and implementation of their PSN initiative.