Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $100,140)
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 St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, serving as the fiscal agent for the Eastern District of Missouri, will continue to identify, track, arrest, and successfully prosecute the most violent, persistent offenders and gang members through an overtime project. Officers will identify, confront, and document gang members and violent offenders, and take a proactive stance in policing in order to combat neighborhood violence. The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department will pay for overtime to patrol target neighborhoods and areas of probable criminal activity. They will also fund advanced training for officers to enhance patrol, interview, and interrogation techniques, as well as firearms, weapon retention, and defensive tactics.