Project Safe Neighborhoods is program that targets federal resources into combating crime at a local level. Recently, two Fort Worth neighborhoods received a $500,000 grant to curb gun and gang crime.
In November, the Star-Telegram reported the award of the grant to continue the Project Safe Neighborhoods program.
The grant is targeted at the Stop Six/Poly area and the Las Vegas Trail neighborhoods in the western section of the city.
The Project Safe Neighborhoods program utilizes federal, state and local programs that target gun and gang crime in cities and provides additional tools to fight crime.
The Star-Telegram reported that the grant is one of seven grants of $500,000 that are awarded by the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Assistance.
In Fort Worth, the grant also will address domestic violence. One Safe Place will implement the initiative in the two neighborhoods.
Ken Shetter, president of One Safe Place, said domestic violence fuels many of the other crimes that are experienced in the area. The grant will help put new programs in place for children who are exposed to violence.
The Project Safe Neighborhoods program targeted Stop Six/Poly and south Fort Worth in 2013-1015, cutting crime by almost a quarter in the near south side, according to reports. In the Stop Six/Poly area, crime was cut by 9 percent over those two years.
But police officials said “hot spots” still lingered in the Stop Six/Poly neighborhood. A high number of violent crimes were recorded in the Las Vegas Trail area. These crimes included murder, aggravated assault, and robbery.
The new grant will focus on prevention, enforcement, community outreach and re-entry programs.
U.S. Attorney Jim Parker said his office is committed to working side by side with the residents of these neighborhoods, and partners in One Safe Place to “stop the destructive cycle of gun and gang violence that terrorizes our communities,”
More than 15 federal, state and local agencies comprise the Fort Worth operation of Project Safe Neighborhoods. The program involves extra vigilance from members of the community who hand out fliers and explain how members of the community could make anonymous tips.
After the Thursday news conference, volunteers, and neighborhood police officers distributed “Not on My Block” fliers, which explain how to report criminal activity, including the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line phone number.
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