Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $500,000)
As part of BJAs Smart Suite, the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), represents a strategic approach that brings more science into criminal justice operations by leveraging innovative applications of analysis, technology, and evidence-based practices with the goal of improving performance and effectiveness while containing costs. 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 PSNpartnerships, strategic planning, training, outreach, and accountabilityto address specific gun crime and gang violence problems in that district.
Black Family Development, Inc. will be the fiscal agency for the Eastern District of Michigan to implement a 24-month comprehensive gang and gun crime reduction program. The mission of the PSN task force is to reduce gang crime and violence through coordinated suppression, prosecution, community policing, prevention, intervention and treatment. PSN partners will meet regularly as a task force to review its achievement toward the projects strategies which include: 1) targeted police operations; 2)court/prosecution partnerships; 3) researcher involvement in the design, implementation, and evaluation of activities; 4) probation/parole compliance; 5) school-based interventions, parental empowerment, and education; and 6) increased community capacity for service delivery and policing by community and faith-based organizations. CA/NCF