Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $150,000)
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 PSN-partnerships, strategic planning, training, outreach, and accountability-to address specific gun and gang crime problems in that district.
The Hoyleton Youth and Family Services, serving as fiscal agent for the Southern District of Illinois, will address violent crime in the City of East Saint Louis and its neighboring communities, with an emphasis on hot spots. The goals are to reduce gun violence in targeted areas, reduce the number of gang/drug related homicides and other violent crimes, and educate and involve community members to encourage better cooperation. CA/NCF