Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $1,200,000)
OJJDPs gang and youth violence prevention strategy is founded on the recognition that preventing and reducing gang crime and violence require a shared framework of strategic and coordinated delivery of programs, services, and practices across multiple sectors that balance community development, prevention, intervention, and targeted suppression and enforcement. The OJJDP FY 2018 Gang Suppression: A Law Enforcement and Prosecutorial Approach To Address Gang Recruitment of Unaccompanied Alien Children program is designed to reduce violent crime, gangs (specifically transnational gangs), and victimization and promote public safety in communities through implementation support for eligible communities that demonstrates their readiness to put a comprehensive strategic plan into action, based on a multilateral data-driven strategy.
The Dallas County District Attorneys Office will focus on gang prevention, intervention, suppression, and prosecution through a coordinated approach that will concentrate on public/private partnerships to reinforce local best practices. The initiative is composed of the following key partners: Dallas County District Attorneys Office, Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), Dallas Independent School District, and the U.S. Attorneys Office. The primary focus of this project is on transnational criminal organizations and the recruitment of unaccompanied alien children, as well as violent crimes committed by transnational criminal organizations. This project plans to prevent youth crime, violence, and gang involvement while developing a positive relationship between law enforcement officials, school officials, families, and young people to create safer communities. PSN includes representatives from local law enforcement, the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems, education, and community organizations. PSN evaluates various trends related to gang populations, enables cooperation between different agencies, and assists in locating potential resource opportunities. The Dallas County District Attorneys Office will partner with schools to provide gang awareness and education, ensure a safe school environment, and intervene with youth. The programs goal is to reduce the occurrence of youth gang-related incidents and increase positive outcomes for young people with a high risk for gang involvement.