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Justice Department Announces Western District of Tennessee
as Project Safe Neighborhoods Achievement Award Recipient

July 16, 2010

Memphis, TN - The Department of Justice 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.

“At its core, Project Safe Neighborhoods is built upon the commitment and personal integrity of individuals like those we honor today. This year’s awards celebrate and highlight the work that has been done that has truly made a difference,” said Acting Deputy Attorney General Grindler. “Led by our U.S. Attorneys, federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement and prosecutors are on the frontlines on the streets of America every day. We thank you for your service, and honor your success.” 

The Western District of Tennessee Law Enforcement Coordination Committee received the Outstanding Local Training Program Award for developing and administering a series of training programs designed to improve the quality of officers' criminal investigations, case documentation and courtroom presentations. 

“Providing quality training to our law enforcement officers is an important part of effective law enforcement.  Quality training leads to quality prosecutions.,” said Lawrence J. Laurenzi, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.  “Our office believes in great cooperation among federal, state, and local law enforcement and this training was designed to be an outreach to our law enforcement partners in an effort to build strong cases.  We are honored to receive national recognition by being awarded ‘Outstanding Local Training Program’ and we plan to continue to offer this and other quality training to our district’s law enforcement.”

To find out about more about PSN and its local programs, visit the PSN website at

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