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PSN Project

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $480,500)

As part of BJA’s 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 PSN—partnerships, strategic planning, training, outreach, and accountability—to address specific gun crime and gang violence problems in that district.

The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP), acting as the fiscal agent for the District of Maryland, will use grant funds to address ongoing gang and gun crimes in the city of Baltimore. Specific goals of the proposed project are to increase the successful state and federal prosecutions related to violent drug organizations, to stabilize target neighborhoods by collecting community feedback, and to rigorously evaluate the process and outcomes of these efforts.


Date Created: September 13, 2016