Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $500,000)
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 California Emergency Management Agency, serving as the fiscal agent for the Northern district of Calirornia, will use support the Salinas PSN program. They will continute to address the issue of gang, gun and violent crime using innovative and holistic strategies in the diverse fields of prevention, intervention, enforcement and re-entry, incorporating the partnership with the USAO and federal agencies and engaging the community in a meaningful and robust manner with a particular emphasis on youth. They will develop and implement an innovative Violence Interrupter (VI) program to augment current anti-violence efforts.