Project Safe Neighborhoods ("PSN") is a Department of Justice initiative to reduce gun crimes. It networks existing local law enforcement programs that target gun crimes and provides a focal point for community activists in their anti-violence and anti-crime initiatives.
There are five elements to PSN: partnerships, strategic planning, training, community outreach and accountability.
Partnerships and Strategic Planning Our partners include the R.I. Attorney General's office, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Providence Police Department, The Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence and the RI Training School. Federal PSN grants help fund additional federal and state prosecutors and ATF investigators, training programs, and assist the City of Providence and The Institute Streetworkers, a network of violence intervention workers who work within neighborhoods to counsel the City's youth.
We meet regularly with our law enforcement partners to review gun cases for prosecution and to discuss and implement future strategies. Since 2001 when PSN was announced, our federal gun prosecutions have more than doubled, and gun offenders prosecuted federally have been sentenced to well over 1,000 years in prison.
Training On a regular basis, our prosecutors provide PSN training to the law enforcement community. We offer training in weapons violations, preparing search warrants for federal prosecutors, processing evidence, and officer safety and survival techniques. To schedule a PSN training session, please contact Assistant U.S. Attorney Milind M. Shah at 401.709.5039 or at firstname.lastname@example.org .
In addition, the United States Attorney and prosecutors routinely visit schools and various community centers and organizations engaging students and citizens in discussions about PSN and gangs.
Among recent public outreach efforts:
- Our AUSAs visit the state prison to discuss PSN and to give cautionary advice on federal laws to inmates who are soon-to-be paroled.
- Our office issues a seasonal newsletter called Federal Notes, which includes highlights some of our PSN initiatives, prosecutions and sentences.
- Accountability Consistent and vigilant review of gun violence reduction efforts is necessary for a successful and proactive gun violence reduction strategy. Our PSN message "No Friends. No Family. No Freedom. Gun Crime Means Hard Time" is reaching the streets. On more than one occasion, a Providence Police officer has stopped a criminal who has immediately asked, "Am I going Federal?"
To hear PSN's national radio spot, click PSN Radio Spots.
To view PSN's national television spot, click PSN TV Spots.
Project Safe Neighborhoods: http://www.psn.gov/