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Project Safe Neighborhoods


Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide initiative that brings together federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement officials, along with prosecutors and community leaders, to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and to develop comprehensive solutions to address them.

The EDNY PSN program incorporates the following elements

  • Project Safe Neighborhoods logo
    Leadership by the United States Attorney to convene all partners;
  • Partnerships with the community and at all levels of law enforcement;
  • Targeted enforcement efforts that:
  • utilize the full range of available data, methods and technologies to identify the offenders who are driving violent crime rates in the most violent locations in the district; and
  • ensure prosecution of those offenders in the federal, state, local or tribal system – whichever provides the most certain and appropriate sanction;
  • Prevention of additional violence through efforts such as:
  • ensuring public awareness of the violent crime reduction strategy and results;
  • communicating directly with offenders about the consequences of their violent behaviors; and
  • supporting local crime prevention and offender reentry efforts; and
  • Accountability for results based on outcomes (reduction in violent crime), not merely outputs (numbers of investigations or prosecutions).

The goal of PSN is not to fill up the courts or prisons.  The goal is to reduce violent crime and to make every community safer—especially the communities hardest hit by violent crime. 

PSN will have the greatest impact by devoting resources to the most violent people and places in our communities. Through our partnerships, EDNY is identifying those who are driving violent crime, and we are bringing them to justice.  We are committed to using all available tools to fight against violent crime.

Sustained success also requires a comprehensive approach, and the EDNY is working alongside local partners and members of the community to prevent and deter violent crime and to help reduce recidivism.  The success of the program is measured in terms of results and positive impact on the community. 

Listed below are recent examples of results related to PSN enforcement actions.  For more information about each example, click on the link.



Long Island Federal Jury Convicts MS-13 Gang Associate of Murder, Racketeering and Assault Charges
The defendant participated in the murder of a suspected rival 18th Street Gang member (May 23, 2019)

MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced to More than 25 Years in Prison for Attempted Murder that Left a 16-Year-Old Paralyzed
The defendant shot a suspected rival to earn full membership in MS-13 (May 7, 2019)

MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced to 25 Years’ Imprisonment for Murder and Attempted Murder on Long Island
A MS-13 member was murdered for violating the gang’s rules (December 18, 2018)

Long Island MS-13 Gang Members Face Additional Racketeering Charges, Including Murder and Attempted Murder
The indictment charged an additional defendant in a previously charged 2016 murder in Freeport, and added a 2015 murder in Babylon, a 2009 attempted murder in Brentwood and drug trafficking charges. (August 16, 2018)

MS-13 Gang Members Charged with Murder Conspiracy and Attempted Murder in Queens
The defendants allegedly directed co-conspirators who shot and paralyzed a 16-year-old suspected rival gang member. (August 3, 2018)

MS-13 Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Long Island Murder and Attempted Murder Charges
The defendant and co-conspirators murdered an MS-13 member for violating the gang’s rules and attempted to kill a suspected rival gang member during the summer of 2016. (March 26, 2018)


Bloods Gang Member Sentenced to 15 Years’ Imprisonment For Attempted Murder of Rival on Long Island
The charges related to the defendant's involvement in a conspiracy to murder rival gang members and a November 16, 2015 shooting in which the defendant fired at least nine shots from an assault rifle across a busy street. (February 21, 2019)

Brooklyn Gang Member Convicted of Racketeering and Two Murders
The defendant, a member of the Coney Island-based Rival Impact gang, gunned down the victims in a gang war with the rival Thirty-O crew. (June 4, 2018)

18th Street Gang Members Indicted for Murder Conspiracy and Murder of MS-13 Gang Rival in Queens
Four 18th Street gang members and associates charged with the February 2, 2018 murder of an MS-13 member. (April 30, 2018)

Long Island Bloods Gang Member Indicted for Murder and Racketeering
The defendant allegedly fatally shot victim at Illusions Gentlemen’s Club in Deer Park. (April 17, 2018)

Members of Coney Island Street Gang Indicted for Murder, Racketeering Conspiracy and Unlawful Use of Firearms
The three defendants were charged with the fatal shooting outside Mermaid Houses in Brooklyn. (November 20, 2017)


Two Defendants Arrested for Trafficking Firearms from Virginia to Queens and Long Island
The defendants allegedly distributed an assault rifle, high-caliber handguns and several other firearms. (September 5, 2018)

Three Defendants Arrested for Trafficking Firearms from Virginia to New York
A defendant allegedly used Facebook to market firearms to multiple individuals with gang ties in Brooklyn.  (June 6, 2018)



United States Attorney Richard P. Donoghue Announces Project Safe Neighborhoods Achievements on the One-Year Anniversary of the Revitalization of the Program
The PSN efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York over the year include: MS-13, Coney Island gang and other street gang enforcement; firearms trafficking enforcement; the assigning of additional federal prosecutors and support for community partnerships and grants. (October 5, 2018)

Attorney General Sessions Announces 311 New Assistant United States Attorney Positions
This was the largest increase in AUSAs in decades, and allocated nine prosecutors to EDNY to focus on violent crime, civil enforcement and immigration crimes. (June 4, 2018)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Selects Eastern District of New York to Receive Two New Assistant United States Attorney Positions to Combat Violent Crime
The two additional federal prosecutors will enhance the Office’s ability to prosecute violent crimes committed by members and associates of MS-13 and other violent gangs that have a significant presence in the District. (January 5, 2018)

Justice Department Awards $500,000 Grant to Suffolk County Police for Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program
The grant will support enforcement strategies targeting individuals responsible for a disproportionate amount of violent crime, as identified through evidence-based research and analysis, and will expand community outreach programs for at-risk youth. (October 5, 2017)


For the most current EDNY PSN press releases click here.

For Inquires about PSN email or call (718) 254-6323.

Updated November 2, 2021

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