Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nation-wide commitment to reduce gun crime in America and is a top priority of U.S. Attorney James McDevitt. As the number of convicted felons that roam the streets with firearms increases, we must work to both prevent firearms violations before they occur and to prosecute individuals who commit these crimes.
As part of this District's Project Safe Neighborhoods program, this office has joined forces with the Firearm Crime Enforcement Committee (FACE). This program presents information to convicted felons in area prisons. An Assistant U.S. Attorney, United States Probation Officers, Washington State Department of Corrections Officers, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearm Agents and others meet with felons who have been pre-screened as likely qualifying for the Armed Career Penalty if convicted of a subsequent firearms violation. For these prisoners who are nearing release, the FACE panel presents information regarding penalties that will be imposed for subsequent convictions. The panel also provides resources to help these prisoners make decisions that will keep them from returning to prison.
Our office is highly committed to participate and help in training new state, local and tribal officers about federal firearms violations. We conduct several training programs each year at locations throughout the district in an effort to provide law enforcement with the tools and information they need to build strong cases for prosecution.
2010 Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference
New Orleans, Louisiana, July 2010
In July of 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder brought together over 1,000 federal, state, and local prosecutors, law enforcement officials, community leaders, and other members of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) teams from across the nation to discuss efforts to reduce and prosecute gun crime. Members of this Office attended this annual conference to meet and share with others strategies to improve both prevention and prosecution.
Across America, 94 PSN task forces are working to implement a coordinated strategy to reduce gun crime. Working side by side with the state, local and federal law enforcement participants in their communities, the U.S. Attorney and his or her colleagues in each region have identified the most pressing gun crime problems and developed strategies to attack those problems through prevention, deterrence, and aggressive prosecution. Each local program is tailored to fit the unique gun crime problem in that district. Please go the Project Safe Neighborhoods website by clicking on the icon below or go to www.psn.gov to learn more about this program and how you can help us all make a difference.
And remember, if you know anything about any illegal guns on your street or any felons in possession of any type of firearm, please call the ATF Hotline at 1-800-ATF-GUNS. Project Safe Neighborhoods Coordinator AUSA Matthew F. Duggan.