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Puerto Rico Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $300,000)

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is designed to create safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in crime associated with gang and gun violence. The program's effectiveness is based on the cooperation of local, state, and federal agencies engaged in a unified approach led by the U.S. Attorney (USA) in each district. The USA is responsible for establishing a collaborative PSN task force of federal, state, and local law enforcement and other community members to implement gang and gun crime enforcement, intervention and prevention initiatives within the district. Through the PSN task force, the USA will implement the five design features of PSN--partnerships, strategic planning, training, outreach, and accountability--to address specific gun and gang crime problems in that district.

The Municipality of San Juan, serving as the fiscal agent for the District of Puerto Rico, will support programs focused on gun and gang intervention, prevention, suppression, and prosecution. The District of Puerto Rico 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 their initiative. The goal of the initiative will be to reduce violence and homicide in San Juan's public housing locations. They will develop a data-driven crime reduction pilot project in one public housing location.


Date Created: September 6, 2012