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.
There are several PSN efforts across the Northern District of Texas and each is committed to a strategic effort to reduce violent crime across the District.
Dallas Division’s PSN operation, known locally as “Operation Badge # 10934”, in honor of Officer Rogelio Santander, is contoured to fit the specific violent crime problem in Dallas. The project utilizes law enforcement and community intelligence, along with cutting-edge technology, to identify and target the most violent offenders for enforcement action. The NDTX has set up a strategy to marry enforcement efforts with support of prevention and reentry strategies to truly combat violent crime in a lasting way.
This project includes the direct and significant involvement of the Dallas Police Department, the FBI, ATF, DEA, U.S. Marshals, Dallas Sherriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, the Dallas District Attorney, the Dallas City Attorney, and researchers from TCU.
A map of the selected PSN area is below:
As part of the project, prosecutors, agents, and officers routinely meet with local community groups or hold events designed to educate and engage the public about the project and how the community can assist in reducing violence. Prior and upcoming meetings and events open to the public and that are related to the project include:
- July 14, 2018 (10:00 a.m.) – Stronger Together Bash at the Forest Auedila Village Shopping Center.
- July 27, 2018 (11:30 a.m.) – Vickery Community Action team meeting at the NW Community Center at 5751 Pineland.
- August 25, 2018 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) – PSN/Five Points Bash at Tasby Middle School.
This event, featuring free "Back the Blue" BBQ whipped up by the DPD team, was designed to bring the Five Points Community together and increase the connections between law enforcement and the neighborhood. Representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Dallas Division, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, U.S. Marshals Service, Dallas Police Department, and Dallas Fire Rescue Station 37 enjoyed interacting with about 1,000 guests. Kids peeked inside the DEA chopper, donned tactical gear at the clandestine lab truck, gawked at ATF's forensic gear, crawled inside the FBI SWAT vehicle, shot hoops with DPD, and selected backpacks while their parents attended a job fair and completed welness screenings. Photos here.
- September 14, 2018 (9:30 a.m.) – DFW Metroplex Refugee Network Coalition quarterly meeting at 616 Six Flags Dr, Arlington, TX 76011.
- September 28, 2018 (9:30 a.m.) – East Patrol Bureau’s Multi-Family Workshop at 9940 White Rock Lake.
Local news about the project includes:
- Dallas Morning News: "This Dallas neighborhood is so dangerous, we need the feds to save us from it."
Fort Worth Division
Fort Worth's PSN efforts date back to 2013, when the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas, in partnership with One Safe Place, teamed with local and federal law enforcement to target some of the most violent crime hotspots in the city. They zeroed in on two areas, dubbed "Poly-Stop 6" and "Seminary":
In tandem with law enforcement – including the Fort Worth Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Crime Stoppers, Comin’ Up Program, Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, Tarrant County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, Tarrant County Juvenile and Reentry Services, Fort Worth Housing Authority, Texas Christian University, Bridging the Gap Baptist Church, and Cook Children’s Hospital – the Fort Worth PSN program focuses on giving power back to the communities it serves by empowering long-time residents to get involved.
It also hosts conferences highlighting PSN strategies, including the Child Witness Project, child maltreatment issues, motorcycle gangs, active shooter responses, intelligence-led policing, drug trends, juvenile issues, domestic violence, and various other topics, mostly geared at law enforcement and corrections officials.
By 2016, the project had been so successful officials decided to shift the PSN focus away from the Seminary area. By then, the Las Vegas Trail area has emerged as one of the most problematic parts of the city. Current PSN efforts have shifted there:
Under the leadership of U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox, PSN Fort Worth is using scientific data to identify and target the most dangerous criminals, reduce recidivism through proactive felon re-entry programs, and build relationships with the community.
The PSN Coordinator for NDTX is AUSA P.J.Meitl. He can be reached at 214-659-8600. The PSN program is handled by the Violent and Major Crimes Section of NDTX's Dallas Division.