Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program (Project Safe Neighborhoods)
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Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is designed to create safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in crime associated with gang and gun violence. 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 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, in the most violent neighborhoods.
There are five PSN design features that all PSN grant applicants should address in their application. The five design features are:
- Strategic Planning and Research Integration
- Accountability and Data-Driven Efforts
In FY 2017, BJA is seeking proposals to complete the following objectives:
- Establish and expand evidence-based programming in PSN teams that enables them to effectively and sustainably prevent and respond to gun crime and gang violence.
- Establish sustainable research partnerships that are integrated into the strategic and tactical operations of PSN teams and community agencies.
- Foster effective and consistent collaborations within police agencies, with external agencies, and the communities in which they serve that increase public safety and minimize gun crime and gang violence.
- Create and maintain coordination among federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement officials, with an emphasis on prevention, tactical intelligence gathering, more vigorous and strategic prosecutions of gun crime and gang violence, and enhanced accountability.
History of Funding
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Consistent with the Department of Justices priority on officer safety, applicants should note that PSN funding can be used to address critical law enforcement officer safety concerns related to PSN target areas and activities. This includes identifying specific officer safety threats through improved analytic capabilities locally or through the relevant state and local fusion center, improved situational awareness and information sharing, providing needed training, and protective equipment for state, local, and tribal officers not otherwise available. Applicants must demonstrate a direct nexus to PSN in order for these expenses to be considered.
Eligible applicants are PSN Task Force fiscal agents for the U.S. Attorney districts and federally recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior. Eligible USAO-certified fiscal agents include states, units of local government, educational institutions, faith-based and other community organizations, private nonprofit organizations, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments.
Applications are to be submitted by March 28, 2017. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.
Up to $8,500,000 was available in FY 2017 for an anticipated 12 awards. Awards will range from $200,000 to $500,000, based on population served:
Project periods will begin October 1, 2017 and last for a period of up to 24 months. Cost sharing/matching is not required.
- USAO district populations of 5,000,000 or more - Awards of up to $500,000 will be made.
- USAO district populations of 2,000,000 4,999,999 - Awards of up to $350,000 will be made.
- USAO district populations under 2,000,000 - Awards of up to $200,000 will be made.
- Federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Native tribes, and/or tribal organizations - Awards of up to $200,000 will be made.
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