Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $300,000)
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.
The city of Greensboro, serving as the fiscal agent for the District of North Carolina, will utilize grant funds to create a PSN task force to coordinate gang and gun crime investigations, to implement preventative and diversionary measures for a offenders ages 12 to 18 who commit crimes with a high rate of victimization, as well as develop data driven analyses of firearm and gang crimes. The goal of the project is to reduce violent gun and gang crimes in six targeted neighborhoods.