Youth enjoying activities at this year's Drug Education for Youth (DEFY) Camp in Fenton, Michigan
The U.S. Attorney’s Office seeks to reduce crime not only through enforcement efforts, but also through prevention efforts. Our prevention work includes Drug Education Youth Camp, Project Sentry, Detroit One, and Explorer Scouts.
Drug Education for Youth (DEFY)
DEFY is a comprehensive and multiphase prevention program for kids ages 9-12. DEFY deters at-risk behaviors by giving kids the tools they need to resist drugs, gang, and alcohol and includes skill-based activities that help youth positively shape their future. The leadership and life skills provided by DEFY include goal setting, team building, conflict resolution, and decision making.
Project Sentry is an initiative of Project Safe Neighborhoods (“PSN”) that is dedicated to the protection of our youth from gun violence.
Detroit One is a law enforcement and community initiative to reduce homicide and violent crime in Detroit. The name connotes a unified effort by our entire community working together to improve public safety.
Explorer Scouts -The U.S. Attorney's Office Explorer Scout program is a career exploration program designed to provide area youth, ages 14 to 20, with the opportunity to obtain exposure to careers in law and law enforcement. The young people who participate in the program are referred to as "career explorers." The Career Exploring program accomplishes its goals through active engagement with the career explorers, including: presentations and discussions about how to build a federal case, guest speakers and presentations from other law enforcement agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), field trips to both an area law school and to the federal courthouse hosted by the U.S. Marshall Service, and participation in a mock trial at the federal court in which the career explorers act as the prosecutors, defense lawyers and witnesses. The Explorer Scout program is sustained by the volunteer efforts of U.S. Attorney's Office employees, as well as the support and participation of its federal law enforcement partners.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office and a number of the Comprehensive Violence Reduction Partnership (“CVRP”) members participate in a program called Face-to-Face. The CVRP works with the Michigan Department of Corrections to schedule meetings between offenders returning to society with federal law enforcement officials who advise the offender of the consequences should they return to a life of crime. Those consequences can include long prison sentences with no chance of parole.