Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $298,132)
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 City of Fayetteville, serving as the fiscal agent for the USA Eastern District of North Carolina, will use FY14 PSN funds to continue with their Operation Ceasefire program. They will enhance the program through research and intelligence gathering to provide a synergistic, multifaceted approach to reduce firearm and gang violence through enforcement, deterrence and prevention. The goal is to use evidence based strategies to reduce gun and gang violence in the Bonnie Boone community.