Project Safe Neighborhoods
Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America by networking existing local programs that target gun crime. The Bush administration has committed $533 million to this effort over two years, including $233.6 million already available for this year. This funding will be used to hire new federal and state prosecutors, support investigators, provide training, and develop and promote community outreach efforts.
The effectiveness of Project Safe Neighborhoods is based on the ability of federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified offensive that is led by the United States Attorney in every one of the 94 federal judicial districts across America. Through unprecedented partnerships with federal, state, and local law enforcement, each United States Attorney will implement the five core elements of Project Safe Neighborhoods in a manner that is contoured to fit the specific gun crime problems in that district. The goal is to create safer neighborhoods by reducing gun violence and sustaining the reduction.
Individual cities and states have begun to respond effectively to this epidemic of gun violence. Model firearms programs such as Project CEASEFIRE in Kansas City, Missouri, Project Exile in Richmond, VA, and Operation CeaseFire in Boston, MA, have achieved success in many large cities throughout the country. While much success has been achieved by programs such as Exile and CeaseFire in select cities, the problem of gun violence remains unacceptably high for much of the nation. A national strategy is needed to ensure that every community is attacking gun violence with focus and intensity.
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