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Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun and gang crime in America by networking existing local programs that target gangs and gun crime and providing these programs with additional tools necessary to be successful.  Project Safe Neighborhoods has operated as the U.S. Department of Justice’s primary initiative focused on the reduction of gun crime and gang-related violence since May of 2001.

Since its inception, approximately $2 billion has been committed to this initiative. This funding is being used to hire new federal and state prosecutors, support investigators, provide training, distribute gun lock safety kits, deter juvenile gun crime, and develop and promote community outreach efforts as well as to support other gun and gang violence reduction strategies.

Building upon successful proven programs of the past, such as Boston’s Ceasefire Project, Richmond’s Project Exile, and the ten-city Strategic Approaches to Community Safety Initiative (SACSI), PSN is a nationwide, community-based effort that combines prevention and deterrence strategies with increased federal prosecution of serious offenders.   When it was initiated, PSN focused on federal firearms offenders.  PSN was expanded in 2006 to include violent street gangs.   The current PSN strategy focuses on both the eradication of illegal firearms and the interdiction of violent gang activity.   

There are five core components to the PSN strategy: strategic planning, partnerships, training, outreach and accountability.  Initially, PSN was designed to increase partnerships among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies through the formation of a local gun crime enforcement task force.  Additional partnerships were established with local governments, social service providers, and community groups to increase resources for prevention efforts, as well as to increase the legitimacy of law enforcement interventions. 

The Eastern District of California is committed to PSN as part of its larger anti-violent crime strategy and is actively involved in task forces and prosecutions throughout the district.   

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Recent PSN Press Releases

2013: Jan | Feb | Mar | April | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec|


October 17, 2013

German National Faces Federal Charges for Firearm Violations


September 19, 2013

Three Indicted Today for Firearm Offenses

September 5, 2013

Escapee Gets Nearly 9 Years in Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of Firearm


August 26, 2013

Sanger Woman Pleads Guilty to Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm


July 1, 2013

Modesto Man Sentenced To Over 12 Years Imprisonment For Drug Trafficking And Firearms Offenses


June 6, 2013

San Joaquin County Man Indicted for Possessing Methamphetamine and a Firearm


May 30, 2013

Sacramento Man Indicted for Possessing a Handgun After He Had a Misdemeanor Conviction for Domestic Violence

May 22, 2013

Man Sentenced for Attempting to Board Plane with Loaded Gun at Sacramento International Airport

May 2, 2013

Nevada Fugitive Pleads Guilty to Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm


April 2, 2013

Fresno Man Pleads Guilty to Firearm and Postal Charges


March 28, 2013

Firearms Trafficking Offenses and Project Safe Neighborhoods News

March 4, 2013

Bail Bondsman Pleads Guilty to Drug and Firearms Crimes


February 20, 2013

Project Safe Neighborhoods News

February 19, 2013

Fresno Man Pleads Guilty in Scheme that Sold Firearms Stolen from Turner's Outdoorsman in Corona and Torrance

February 15, 2013

Stockton Marijuana Grow Cultivator Convicted of Narcotics and Firearms Charges


January 17, 2013

Stockton Man Charged With Federal Gun And Drug Charges

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