In 2001, Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) was launched to reduce gun violence and violent crime in the United States. It is a nationwide initiative that brings together federal, and non-federal law enforcement officials, prosecutors, government officials, community-based partners, and other stakeholders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.
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
U.S. Attorneys PSN Program
At the local level, PSN is coordinated by the U.S. Attorneys’ offices (USAOs) in the 94 federal judicial districts throughout the 50 states and U.S. territories. PSN uses research, data analysis, and lessons learned from other violent crime reduction initiatives to inform decision-making on the most effective
violence reduction strategies.
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 Core Principles
- COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Reducing violent crime is a shared responsibility between communities and law enforcement. USAOs engage with a range of community stakeholders to gain perspective, increase mutual understanding, and collaborate to improve public safety.
- PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION
Prevention and intervention programs are essential elements of reducing violent crime. Community-based organizations and local government agencies are well suited to coordinate these strategies to reduce individual and community risk factors and increase protective factors. USAOs can help connect these important stakeholders to subject-matter experts, grant funding, and training and technical assistance.
- FOCUSED AND STRATEGIC ENFORCEMENT
Short-and long-term enforcement strategies for disrupting violent crime must be tailored to address the specific challenges and most significant drivers of violence within communities. USAOs meet regularly with law enforcement partners to develop enforcement strategies that are supported by local data and intelligence.
USAOs develop and implement a district-specific PSN strategy that adheres to the principles of PSN. The strategy is assessed regularly and adjusted as needed.
To learn more about the PSN initiative in Nevada, for training and technical assistance, and for federal grant information, please read:
For additional information or questions about PSN, contact the PSN Coordinator or Law Enforcement Coordinator at (702) 388-6336 or visit the PSN website.
Featured Public Service Announcement
- Project Safe Neighborhoods: Working Together to Keep Communities Safe. This video provides a short (7 minute) summary of the PSN strategy, highlighting how it is community-based, targeted, and comprehensive.
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