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Southern District of Ohio FY 4 Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative

Award Information

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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 Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services, acting as the fiscal agent for the USA Southern District of Ohio, will reduce violent crime associated with gang and gun violence in the city of Dayton and in Montgomery County. Grant funds will be used to develop strategies that identify juveniles who are at the highest risk of committing a violent offense or becoming the victim of violent crime. Reducing violent crime and recidivism will require the collaboration of community and youth service agencies, to include schools. In addition, collaboration between law enforcement agencies, medical professionals, social service providers, community members and the Montgomery County Juvenile Courts will be utilized to address crime and violence in the Westwood area of Dayton County. Lastly, Wright State University and the University of Dayton will use multiple methods of measuring impact and successes, to include a comprehensive social media tool designed to collect and analyze open-source information.


Date Created: September 1, 2014