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Project Safe Neighborhood

Project Safe Neighborhood

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What is Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN)?

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

District of Kansas’ Project Safe Neighborhoods Program (PSN) Highlights

  • Building a PSN program in close collaboration with local law enforcement, prosecutors and community groups
  • Targeted enforcement and prosecution
  • Investigated a major drug distribution ring: Dozens of offenders arrested so far.
  • Preemptive and preventive efforts through community groups and parole offices.

PSN Target Areas: Garden City and Wichita

United States Attorney: Stephen McAllister

Contact: Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster, 316-269-6481.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas has developed two PSN program target enforcement areas: 1) Garden City, Kan., and 2) Wichita, Kan.

Garden City: Garden City in the southwest corner of Kansas has a population of about 28,000. The violent crime rate in Garden City is higher than average for Kansas communities. Garden City is a four-hour drive from Wichita. The Garden City Police Department is our local law enforcement partner.

  • Partnerships: The Garden City Police Department welcomed the opportunity of being a part of the enhanced PSN program. We also are working with the Finney County Sheriff’s Department, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, local probation/parole offices, the Finney County attorney, and community groups. Our goal is to do targeted enforcement and prosecution, as well as preemptive and preventive efforts through the probation/parole offices and community groups.
  • Successes: Our targeted enforcement efforts in Garden City quickly met with success. With the Garden City Police Department, we developed a list of 120 potential targets involved in a major drug distribution ring. Dozens of offenders were arrested and were facing federal or state criminal charges. We are not just using one-felon, one-gun charges. We are using charges for drug crimes, immigration crimes and financial crimes to remove dangerous offenders from the community.

Wichita: Wichita is a city of more than 390,000 in south central Kansas.

Partnerships: The leadership of the Wichita Police Department expressed concern about a spike in violent crime in Wichita over a period of six years. Chief Gordon Ramsay personally contacted U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister to discuss collaborating on PSN efforts. The WPD is devoting substantial resources to a cooperative effort, including having Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives work in-house with the WPD.

Successes: On Nov. 11, 2018, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister joined the Wichita Police Department in announcing Operation Save-A-Casing. The program was created through a partnership with law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal level and the community to combat firearm-related crime. The program is supported by a $493,000 grant from PSN.

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