Attorney General Jeff Sessions revitalized the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program, a national-scale violent crime reduction program aimed at making our communities safer and more secure. The enhanced PSN program builds on past successes by integrating proven methods of reducing violent crime with new strategies and technology that will make the U.S. Department of Justice's efforts more efficient and effective.
Project Safe Neighborhoods fosters a commitment aimed at reduction of gun crime in America by networking existing local programs that target gun crime and providing those programs with additional tools and resources necessary to be successful. The Department of Justice has provided funding for additional federal prosecutors to be hired in the U.S. Attorney's Offices to prosecute violent and high risk offenders. Through the revitalization of PSN, there will be additional investigators, enhanced training, and community outreach programs to aid in the deterrence of crime in the community.
United States Attorney (USA) Cody Hiland has made the prosecution of gun crimes a high priority in the Eastern District of Arkansas. In partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and locally elected state prosecutors, the number of PSN related cases opened has more than doubled, with an expectation that these types of cases will triple in the near future. Through the revitalization of PSN, a formal relationship has been established with local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors in the Eastern District of Arkansas. This formal relationship provides an active federal and state collaboration, resulting in a noticeable increase in the prosecution of gun crimes in Faulkner, Jefferson, Pulaski, and Saline Counties, as well as other counties located in the district.
Further, through the revitalization of PSN, not only has there been a signficant increase in prosecution of gun crime cases in the Eastern District of Arkansas, there has been a vast improvement in educating the community regarding the consequences of gun crimes in the Eastern District of Arkansas. Through a variety of public outreach and wareness programs of PSN, a diffence is being made in our communities in the Eastern District of Arkansas.
We believe that prosecution, education, and communication all play roles in the successful implementation of Project Safe Neighborhoods in the Eastern District of Arkansas.