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Eastern District of Virginia FY14 Project Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $498,547)

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 violence 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 crime and gang violence problems in that district.

The Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, in collaboration with the USA Eastern District of Virginia, will reduce violent gang and gun crimes in targeted communities in Alexandria, Richmond and Norfolk. The PSN partnership will use research-driven and intelligence-led approaches to identify the most violent offenders and neighborhoods and then deploy combined resources to prevent, interdict, and suppress violent criminal acts by targeted offenders in those areas. The goal is to incapacitate gun, gang, and violent crime offenders and communicate a deterrent message to potential offenders through the prosecution of firearm, controlled substance, and violent crimes.


Date Created: September 8, 2014