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Project Safe Neighborhoods


Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is the anti-gang, anti-gun violence initiative of the United States Department of Justice. It has four primary components.

Law Enforcement

Project Safe Neighborhoods emphasizes and facilitates cooperative federal, state and local prosecution of firearm crimes, violent criminals, repeat violent offenders and gang related criminal activity.

Law Enforcement Related Links
Anti-Gang Initiative

Project Safe Neighborhoods prosecutors and the Anti-Gang Initiative seek to facilitate the investigation, apprehension and prosecution of members of violent criminal gangs. Where feasible, federal, state and local law enforcement and prosecutorial resources are coordinated to provide a comprehensive law enforcement strategy aimed at eliminating violent criminal gangs and gang activity throughout the District.

Anti-Gang Related Links
Project Sentry

Project Sentry is the juvenile enforcement, prevention and intervention component of Project Safe Neighborhood, targeting violent gun crimes. Law enforcement works with community groups to promote educational and recreational alternative activities for young people in our most challenged communities. The goals are to graphically demonstrate the negative consequences of involvement with gun violence, including bodily harm, imprisonment, and destruction of families and neighborhoods. Project Sentry focuses on young people through anti-gang and anti-gun violence presentations at schools, community groups, youth summits and summer camps. Since 2005, PSN Project Sentry has reached over 10,000 young people with the anti-gang, anti-violence message from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

What Parents Can Do to Prevent Gang Involvement

Southern District of Florida Reentry Initiative

In 2003, one issue noted in President Bush's State of the Union Address was the challenge of offender reentry. At that time, it was estimated that close to 600,000 persons would be released each year from state and federal prisons for return to our communities. The challenge was, and is, to afford them successful avenues for reentry that will protect our communities from the consequences of their return to a life of crime.

PSN in the Southern District of Florida has been at the forefront of coordinating, facilitating and empowering reentry initiatives throughout the District. Project Safe Neighborhoods and our PSN partners have:

A. Sponsored anti-gang violence and reentry focused summits, strategic planning and working groups annually since 2004, 2006 and 2008.

B. Funded reentry activities directly and through our Weed and Seed law enforcement and non-profit reentry partners' activities such as: probation and parole patrol follow-ups; reentry coordinator counseling and service provider activities, driver's licenses, civil rights restoration, job training placement, and job placement and transportation assistance, reentry preparation fairs and community wide reentry fairs.

C. Encouraged the development of county-wide Reentry Coordination Coalitions among our reentry partners including local/state and federal prison facilities, halfway-residential confinement facility, job placement agencies, faith-based institutions, elected officials and the media.

D. PSN has assisted coalitions in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties in publishing county-wide reentry assistance directories and in holding reentry and transition fairs and similar activities aimed at getting service providers in touch with re-entering ex-offenders.

PSN Information

Justice Department Programs grants and funding

Ex-Offender Reentry Related Links

Miami-Dade Reentry Resource Guide

Broward Reentry Resource Guide

Community Based Partnerships

The United States Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida have worked with hundreds of agencies and organizations in connection with its community empowerment initiatives. A few of our major partners in Project Safe Neighborhoods are listed below.

Law Enforcement

United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

Federal Bureau of Investigation

United States Drug Enforcement Administration

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General

United States Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement

United States Marshals Service

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Fort Pierce Police Department

St. Lucie County Sheriff's Department

Martin County Sheriff's Department

Okeechobee County Sheriff's Department

Highlands County Sheriff's Department

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department

City of Delray Beach Police Department

Riviera Beach Police Department

West Palm Beach Police Department

Ft. Lauderdale Police Department

Pompano Beach Police Department

North Lauderdale Police Department

Broward Sheriff's Office

Hallandale Beach Police Department

Miramar Police Department

Florida Department of Corrections

Civilian Government Agencies and Departments

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

Miami-Dade County Housing Authority

Palm Beach County Housing Authority

Non-Profits, Charitable Organizations, Businesses and Educational Institutions

United Way of Broward County Commission Substance Abuse

Helping Hands of Miami-Dade County, Inc.

5000 Role Models of Excellence of Miami-Dade County

Miami Coalition for a Safe and Drug Free Community, Inc.

The Elijah Project

Hosanna Community Foundation

Wayne Rawlins Consulting

The Advocate Program

South Florida Work Force

Legal Services of Greater Miami

Transition, Inc.

Broward County Commission on Homelessness

Additional links

Better Way of Miami

Citizens' Crime Watch of Miami-Dade County

Hosanna Community Foundation, Inc.

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Program/City of Miami Parks & Recreation

Community Works Coalition

PanZOu Project

The Starting Place

OIC of Broward County

Broward County Re-Entry Coalition

Care Resource

Transition, Inc.

Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission

FBI Uniform Crime Report

Updated November 2, 2021