Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $128,672)
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 Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), serving as the fiscal agent for the Eastern District of Virginia (EVDA), will continue efforts to reduce violent, gun-related crime in the Hampton Roads, Metro Richmond and Northern Virginia areas. Working with DCJS, United States Attorney's Office/EDVA strategy to continue and improve the prosecution efforts and transition the PSN efforts to a more data-driven strategy in the future. EDVA will continue to partner with the appropriate agencies in an effort to successfully implement the PSN/Anti-Gang strategy. The U.S. Attorney's Office, along with the PSN selection committee and task force, will coordinate the planning and implementation of the PSN initiative.