USD receives funds from Justice Department grant Sen. Tom Daschle has announced that The University of South Dakota has received $148,878 from the Department of Justice to help identify ways to reduce violent crime.
USD received the grant as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a nationwide effort to reduce gun crime through community involvement. The funds will be used for research and analysis of firearm-related crime data.
The research is expected to help identify ways to reduce firearm-related crime and determine if Project Safe Neighborhoods results in measurable decreases in firearm-related offences.
Project Safe Neighborhoods is a partnership between the FBI, ATF, local United States attorneys, district attorneys, chiefs of police, and other community and law enforcement leaders.
USD will work with these partners to bring knowledge of crime control and prevention theories into Project Safe Neighborhoods.
"This program is an excellent example of how federal initiatives often work best when they build partnerships with local authorities," Daschle said. "This partnership will help prevent gun violence and ensure the strongest possible punishment for those who commit violent crimes."