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Project Safe Neighborhoods

Project Safe Neighborhoods

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is 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 is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Sadly, where our law enforcement officers find illegal narcotics, they often find guns.  Drug trafficking is an inherently violent activity.  Firearms are tools of the trade for drug dealers.  It is common to find drug traffickers armed with guns in order to protect their illegal drug product and cash, and enforce their illegal operations.

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PSN Contact Information

  • Rapid City, PSN Coordinator – Ben Patterson – 605-342-7822
  • Sioux Falls, PSN Contact – John Haak – 605-330-4400
  • Pierre, PSN Contact – Meghan Dilges – 605-224-5402



Updated April 13, 2022