Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $498,335)
The Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program 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 PSNpartnerships, strategic planning, training, outreach, and accountabilityto address specific gun and gang crime problems in that district.
The Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs, serving as the fiscal agent for the Western District of Washington, will increase firearm prosecution, prevention strategies and reentry assistance in two targeted police precincts within the City of Seattle. In conjunction with the existing PSN Task Force and local law enforcement, the District will coordinate increased firearm crime enforcement strategies within the targeted precincts, strengthen prevention and reentry strategies in targeted precincts and will coordinate the gathering of data concerning firearm crimes and develop metrics to analyze the effectiveness of its ongoing PSN programs.
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