How grant from Project Safe Neighborhood will help SPD target crime

Published: Sep. 28, 2022 at 4:31 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - At a news conference held Tuesday, Sept. 28, Shreveport Police Chief Wayne Smith announced the department has once again been awarded a Project Safe Neighborhood grant.

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“Just recently we’ve been awarded Project Safe Neighborhood grant again, which targets crime and violence in our neighborhoods and it’s extended throughout 2024,” said Smith.

The program was started in 2001 by the Justice Department to bring local and state leaders together to target cities with high crime.

In Shreveport, the focus is on stopping gang activity and gun violence. In October, $152,565 will be awarded to the U.S. attorney’s selection committee to select awardees. In 2021, $150,551 was awarded.

“Project Safe Neighborhood focus on gang activity and gun violence. The Shreveport Police Department is the fiscal agent for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and just like all other organization we have to apply for the funding as well. We will be applying for funding to combat gun and gang violence in Shreveport and Caddo Parish. Each year we combine a task force with the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office to fight gang and gun violence.”

Shreveport Police Department

U.S. Attorney Brandon Brown says the grant has made a difference over the years.

“For example, a law enforcement agency may need some type of equipment to further violent crime prevention, body cams or maybe overtime hours for law enforcement. You may have a nonprofit for example that does a lot of violent crimes prevention activities,” he said.