Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice 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.
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 Project Safe Neighborhoods, contact the PSN Coordinator at (702) 388-6336 or visit the PSN website.
U.S. Attorneys PSN Program
Every United States Attorney is implementing a PSN program that incorporates these standard features
- Leadership by the United States Attorney to convene all partners;
- Partnerships at all levels of law enforcement and with the community;
- Targeted enforcement efforts that:
- utilize the full range of available data, methods, and technologies to
- identify the offenders that are driving violent crime rates in the most violent
- locations in the district
- ensure prosecution of those offenders in the federal, state, local, or tribal system – whichever provides the most certain and appropriate sanction;
- Prevention of additional violence by prioritizing efforts such as:
- ensuring public awareness of the violent crime reduction strategy and enforcement results;
- communicating directly to offenders about the consequences of continuing violent behaviors;
- supporting locally based prevention and reentry efforts;
- Accountability for results based on outcome (reduction in violent crime), not merely output (numbers of investigations or prosecutions).
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.
Project Guardian is an initiative started in November 2019 designed to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws across the country.
Reducing gun violence and enforcing federal firearms laws have always been among the Department of Justice's highest priorities. In order to develop a new and robust effort to promote and ensure public safety, the Department of Justice reviewed and adapted some of the successes of past strategies to curb gun violence. Project Guardian draws on the Department of Justice's earlier achievements, such as the “Triggerlock” program, and it serves as a complementary effort to the success of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). In addition, the initiative emphasizes the importance of using all modern technologies available to law enforcement to promote gun crime intelligence.
To find out about more about Project Guardian, contact the Project Guardian Coordinator at (702) 388-6336 or visit the Project Guardian website.
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