Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $494,947)
The Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program is designed to create safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in gun crime and gang violence. The PSN 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 PSNpartnerships, strategic planning, training, outreach, and accountabilityto address specific gun crime and gang violence problems in that district.
The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, serving as the fiscal agent for the Northern District of California, will use the FY15 PSN funds to achieve significant citywide reductions in violence in Oakland and Salinas as measured by achieving citywide reductions in group-related homicides and non-fatal injury shootings as well as reduced recidivism for gun-related felonies among program participants. The strategy to be employed is an innovative blend of three evidence-based strains of the Boston Ceasefire approach.