The Department of Justice today announced the 24 recipients of the annual Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Achievement Awards in a ceremony hosted by Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary G. Grindler at the PSN national conference in New Orleans. Recipients were chosen from a large pool of nominations submitted by U.S. Attorneys' Offices across the nation.
The Attorney General speaking at the PSN conference as the program starts its 10th year in operation.
The Attorney General challenged, complimented, and lead the audience through his passionate speech. "Our future progress, I believe, will depend on our ability to bring innovative, evidence-based solutions to the work of addressing our most overwhelming and intractable challenges – namely, the prevalence and consequences of gun-, gang-, and drug-related violence, as well as the devastating impact of childhood exposure to violence."
Attorney General Holder addresses conference attendees of the Project Safe Neighborhood annual conference held in New Orleans.
"It's fitting that we've gathered here in New Orleans – a city that's defined by its resilience, its resolve and its optimism – to discuss the work and the goals that we share, the challenges that we must face, and the responsibilities that, together, we must fulfill."
Conference participants listen attentively during the AG's address and pledge.
"As you reaffirm your commitment to cooperation, I want to pledge my full and ongoing commitment to support your work. Meeting my goals for reducing violent crime begins by listening to you, by learning from you, and by ensuring that you have the resources necessary to do your jobs well."