Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $499,899)
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.
The City of Brookhaven, Georgia is the fiscal agent in conjunction with the Northern District of Georgias U.S. Attorneys Office (USAO). The USAOs DeKalb PSN Task Force will implement a highly refined and proven strategy to: 1) mitigate gun and gang violence within the three target areas in DeKalb County; 2) implement the complete and full exchange of information among the task force agencies as well as between the task force and other agencies in the Metropolitan Atlanta area; 3) instill meaningful and proven anti-gang and anti-violence measures; 4) increase the federal prosecution rate of the most violent offenders and gang members within these communities; and 5) ultimately provide a positive qualitative impact on the communities at large. The strategy developed and implemented through the US Attorneys Office is comprehensive and adheres to all five design elements as prescribed by BJA.