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BOSTON – For the second consecutive year, the estimated number of violent crimes nationwide decreased, a credit to the revitalization and enhancement of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department’s violent crime reduction strategy. The District of Massachusetts has six designated PSN cities, Boston, New Bedford, Brockton, Lawrence, Worcester and Springfield.
According to FBI’s 2018 Crime in the United States Report, the violent crime rate decreased for the second consecutive year, down 3.9% from 2017. The data is a success for PSN, the Justice Department’s evidence-based initiative that brings together a spectrum of stakeholders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and developing comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
“A primary mission of the Department of Justice is to reduce crime and to make our communities safer,” said United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling. “PSN has made great strides in that effort because it surges law enforcement resources, targets the most violent criminals, and provides necessary funding and support. But it would not be successful without the officers and agents that are on the front lines preventing crime each day.”
“The revitalized Project Safe Neighborhoods program is a major success,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. “It packs a powerful punch by combining advanced data with local leadership, further reducing violence in communities across the country and improving overall public safety. U.S. Attorneys continue to focus their enforcement efforts against the most violent criminals and work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal police. The Justice Department’s relationships across the board have never been stronger.”
Over the past two years, The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts has partnered with all levels of law enforcement, local organizations, and members of the community to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone. As we celebrate the two-year anniversary of the revitalized PSN program, here are some of the highlights of our PSN actions in Massachusetts over the past year:
The District of Massachusetts captured and analyzed violent crime data related to homicides, aggravated assaults, and robberies in the six designated PSN cities (Boston, New Bedford, Brockton, Lawrence, Worcester and Springfield) in order to better understand the violent crime problem and potential enforcement and prevention needs. This data, from June 2017 to June 2019, highlights a significant reduction in violent crimes:
To learn more about Project Safe Neighborhoods, please visit www.justice.gov/psn.