Project Safe Neighborhoods in the Northern District of Georgia uses data collection and analysis to design targeted strategies and interventions that flow directly from that research driven analysis. Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health is the strategy's research partner.
Atlanta Project Safe Neighborhoods concentrates on Atlanta Police Department (APD) gun crime hot spots. Presently in Atlanta, Project Safe Neighborhoods operates with prosecutors from the Atlanta City Solicitor's Office, the Fulton County District Attorney's office, and the United States Attorney's office, all of them coordinating their efforts. Project Safe Neighborhoods has funded prosecutors for the City of Atlanta and for Fulton County. These prosecutors work directly with a group of law enforcement officers, agents, and analysts from APD, the Atlanta Department of Corrections, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,& Firearms (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole, and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) evaluating data and intelligence and deciding upon interventions. A much larger group of collaborative partners works on overall enforcement strategies and broader interventions. This group is developing knowledge of the community, faith-based ministries, and service providers within the target beats and will develop intervention strategies that involve all of these groups.
Project Safe Neighborhoods will soon operate throughout the district. Prosecutors funded by Project Safe Neighborhoods will be in place in Cherokee County, Douglas County, Piedmont Judicial Circuit, and Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit.