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Northern Indiana Project Safe Neighborhood Initiative: Revitalized in 2018

Northern Indiana Project Safe Neighborhood Initiative: Revitalized in 2018

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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.

Highlights of the Northern District of Indiana’s Project Safe Neighborhoods Program

  • The South Bend Group Violence Intervention Program brings law enforcement together with community leaders to identify the drivers of violence in the city.
  • State and federal agencies share intelligence and resources to develop short term and long term violence reduction strategies.
  • South Bend and Gary host call in meetings with targeted violent individuals in an attempt to prevent further criminal activity.

PSN Target Areas

Gary and South Bend, Indiana

Enforcement Strategy

In both Gary and South Bend, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal agencies work with local law enforcement and community organizations to develop strategies for both short term and long term violence reduction.

Community Engagement/Prevention Efforts

The South Bend Group Violence Intervention Program (SBGVI) consists of community leaders from areas of law enforcement, government, education, civil service, and faith-based agencies whose goal is to reduce gun violence. The strategy involves coordination to identify the individuals and gangs who drive violence in the South Bend community and focus crime prevention efforts on those individuals and gangs. Quarterly call in meetings take place in which 15-25 individuals who have been identified as the highest risk citizens are informed of law enforcement capabilities and given the opportunity to meet with social service providers to begin a path away from violence. Two to three times a year, enforcement actions are initiated wherein individuals identified by SBGVI as drivers of violence in the community are targeted for law enforcement and local and federal prosecution efforts. SBGVI has also recently added outreach teams whose goal is to make citizens more comfortable with reporting information without fear of reprisal.

Like South Bend, Gary employs a group violence reduction strategy under the guidance of the National Network for Safe Communities. The strategy in Gary also includes call in meetings attended by individuals identified as the highest risk citizens. The citizens who attend are often those on state and federal probation and parole who have histories of committing violent crimes.

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