The Department of Justice awarded $268,192 to the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program in the Western District of Washington, which funds community efforts to address rising gun violence.
The grant broadens the program to include Clark, Snohomish and Pierce counties, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release. Once a team is formed, it will meet to discuss what communities are most affected by gun violence and identify needs in those communities.
The program’s goals include fostering trust and legitimacy in communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities and measuring the results, the news release states. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the aim is to reduce crime, not just increase arrests or prosecutions.
People can read more about the grant at bja.ojp.gov/funding/awards/15pbja-22-gg-00842-gunp.