Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a national initiative by the Department of Justice to reduce gun violence in the United States. The project is a partnership designed to develop, implement, and evaluate data-driven violence reduction strategies in communities, and improve the long-term prevention of gun violence. Since its inception in 2001, approximately $2 billion has been committed to this initiative. This funding is being used to hire new federal and state prosecutors, support investigators, provide training, distribute gun lock safety kits, deter juvenile gun crime, and develop and promote community outreach efforts as well as to support other gun and gang violence reduction strategies.
In October 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced several Department of Justice actions to reduce the rising tide of violent crime in America. Foremost of those actions was the reinvigoration of PSN, a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.
Nevada law enforcement agencies participating in PSN include ATF, FBI, HSI, the Henderson Police Department, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, North Las Vegas Police Department, Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department, and the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.
PSN initiatives involve U.S. Attorneys Offices working with law enforcement to implement programs such as:
- Gang Crime Investigation and Suppression
- Prevention and Education
- Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.), a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. The Program's primary objective is prevention and is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.
- Data Sharing and Gathering
PSN incorporates the three national priorities:
- Increased prosecution of violent organizations
- Heightened enforcement of all federal laws
- Renewed aggressive enforcement of federal firearms laws
To find out about more about PSN and its local programs, visit the PSN Website. Questions about the District of Nevada's PSN initiatives should be directed to AUSA Phillip Smith at (702) 388-6336.