Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $500,000)
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 New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, serving as the fiscal agent for the USA District of New Jersey, will reduce violent crime associated with gang and gun violence in the city of Jersey City. The department will use FY14 PSN funds to employ Project inVEST (Investing in Neighborhoods to reduce Violence Everywhere through Solutions Together) to achieve goals through three integrated facets: State-of-the-art analysis methods and multi-agency information sharing, community collaboration and evidence-based service provision. Project inVEST will incorporate an evidence-based systemic approach to crime reduction and prevention.