Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $149,863)
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 State of Maine, serving as the fiscal agent for the District of Maine, will address violent crime, illegal firearms possession and gang activity targeting downtown Lewiston, Maine. The Central Maine area Violent Crimes Task Force will concentrate efforts in areas that are experiencing gang and gun crime activity. The goals are to implement hot spot policing using research and provide services to at-risk youth. CA/NCF