In an effort to further the nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America, the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC) has been selected by the Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN) Executive Council to act as the fiscal agent for the disbursement and oversight of PSN funds awarded to sub grantees for the Arizona Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. This initiative is a statewide effort seeks to reduce firearm-related crime.
Grant funds awarded for this initiative help to continue the efforts of networking through existing local programs that target gun crime and provide these programs with additional tools necessary to be successful. These funds are being used to hire new federal and state prosecutors, support investigators, provide training, distribute gun lock safety kits, deter juvenile gun crime, and develop and promote community outreach efforts, as well as to support other gun violence reduction strategies.
For Arizona, the approved purpose areas are:
- Forensic Firearms Testing/ National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN)
Funds in this area are for covering clerical overtime (supplanting rules apply) or overtime and intermittent pay for individuals/officers responsible for the forensic testing. Forensic testing includes fingerprinting, DNA, and NIBIN related activities. An additional allowable activity is tool mark analysis of guns and ammunition used or possessed in connection with criminal activity or used or possessed by prohibited possessors promoting expeditious forensic firearms testing through the use of existing personnel and major equipment.
Gun Intelligence Support
Funds in this area are for clerical activities (supplanting rules apply), overtime pay for individuals and/or officers involved in firearms enforcement task force operations, equipment purchases or rentals for relatively small reusable items (cameras, binoculars, recording devices, bullet proof vests, tracking devices or GPS systems), firearms tracing, interviews of criminals apprehended with firearms and analysis of firearms, and related crimes in specific geographic areas.
Media & Community Outreach
Funds for this area are for direct support of the District of Arizona Project Safe Neighborhoods Program through media and community outreach programs such as posters, billboards, bus benches, public service announcements, community outreach events, fund raising, etc.