Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $67,909)
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 Maine Department of Public Safety, serving as the fiscal agent for the District of Maine, will reduce gun and gang violence through effective partnerships that use enforcement, prevention and education strategies. Gang and gun related crime varies in each locality and the resources available to address it vary from district to district. The majority of Maine law enforcement agencies are small, therefore,law enforcement officials must be innovative and work in collaboration with communities and other criminal justice agencies to solve crime problems. The task force goal is to overcome limited resources and provide a coordinated anti-gang and gun response utilizing PSN funds.