Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $300,000)
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 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 Justice Education Center, Inc., serving as the fiscal agent for the USA District of Connecticut, will reduce violent crime associated with gang and gun violence in the cities of Bridgeport, Hartford, and New Haven. The goals are to expand community outreach and education efforts to children and to reinforce and reward positive attitudes and behaviors and a personal commitment to the "no gangs, no guns" philosophy. The Charter Oak Group Inc. and the University of New Haven are the research partners and will assist the PSN initiative.