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Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide initiative that brings together federal, state and  local 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.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  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.

The Western District of Arkansas has been committed to PSN since its inception and with the revitalization of PSN in 2017, U.S. Attorney Dak Kees has added more prosecutorial resources to combat violent crime.  As a result, the number of PSN cases prosecuted has increased significantly with an emphasis on offenders with violent and drug trafficking criminal histories.

Throughout the past two years, the department’s United States Attorneys have partnered with all levels of law enforcement, local organizations, and members of the community to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  According to FBI’s 2018 Crime in the United States Report released this week, for the second consecutive year, the estimated number of violent crimes in the nation decreased 3.3 percent from the 2017 number.  The violent crime rate fell 3.9 percent when compared with the 2017 rate.  The 2018 statistics show the estimated rate of violent crime was 368.9 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants.


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For more information or inquiries regarding the Project Safe Neighborhoods program please email


Updated September 29, 2021