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Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN)

Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN)

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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.

Protecting the public from violent crime is a priority of the Department of Justice.

This is often done through Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. PSN was reinvigorated in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.

This comes in many forms in the Northern District of Ohio. One is establishing and maintaining strong working relationships with the police and sheriffs in the District. Another in the Northern Ohio Violent Crime Consortium, in which the police departments for the eight largest cities in the district work with federal and state partners to share strategies, technology and best practices as it relates to combating violent crime.

Another is working with community partners and police to raise awareness about additional tools available in addressing violent crime. Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone convicted of domestic violence or under an active protection order to possess a firearm. Our office has indicted dozens of defendants accused of ignoring this prohibition.

Cleveland in 2018 was selected for an OCDETF Strike Force, in which local, county and federal law enforcement will work together in one building with the goal of disrupting drug trafficking networks and reducing violent crime. It will target groups involved in retaliatory homicides, carjackings, commercial robberies and other violent activities, as well as drug trafficking.

Toledo participates in the National Public Safety Partnership program, in which the Toledo Police Department receives additional training, funding and other resources through the Department of Justice for the purpose of combating violent crime.

Lorain County is one of 10 communities around the nation selected as a pilot for Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge, in which any cases involving heroin, fentanyl and any synthetic opioid are prosecuted in federal court. While this program is not part of PSN, Operation SOS demonstrates our continued to commitment to working with local partners to make our community safer.

The results are promising. In Fiscal Year 2018, our office filed the most violent crime and drug indictments in more than a decade. We will continue work collaboratively and strategically with our partners to identity and prosecute those groups and networks that are responsible for a disproportionate amount of violence on our streets.

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