Two years ago, the Department of Justice announced the revitalization and enhancement of Project Safe Neighborhoods ("PSN"), the centerpiece of the Department’s strategy to reduce violent crime. Since that announcement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Oklahoma has 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 the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report released last week, the violent crime rate decreased for the second consecutive year, down 3.9 percent from the 2017 numbers. And according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Oklahoma has seen fewer murders and robberies over the last two years.
"The revitalized Project Safe Neighborhoods program is a major success," said Attorney General William P. Barr. "It packs a powerful punch by combining advanced data with local leadership, further reducing violence in communities across the country and improving overall public safety. U.S. Attorneys continue to focus their enforcement efforts against the most violent criminals and work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal police. The Justice Department’s relationships across the board have never been stronger."
"Reducing violence in the Western District of Oklahoma is a top priority of my work as U.S. Attorney and of the dedicated Assistant U.S. Attorneys and staff in the office," said U.S. Attorney Downing. "It is gratifying to know we have a role to play in assisting our state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners in bringing down crime rates and improving the lives of citizens who may be vulnerable to violent actors."
As we celebrate the two-year anniversary of the revitalized PSN program, these are some of the highlights of PSN in the Western District of Oklahoma over the past year:
In addition to charging felons in possession of firearms, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has focused on the prosecution of perpetrators of domestic violence, particularly those who possess firearms in violation of federal criminal law. The following are some examples of the office’s enforcement actions under the PSN banner, including "Operation 922," which focuses on gun crimes tied to domestic violence:
Improvements to Community Safety
To learn more about Project Safe Neighborhoods, go to www.justice.gov/psn.