In addition to prosecuting federal offenders, the USAO for the WDTN is committed to engaging and supporting our community through outreach efforts. Our office works closely with area schools and local organizations to assist with motivating all citizens to be productive assets to our community. Also, this office frequently interacts with federal inmates and formerly incarcerated individuals to offer support and discuss how our entire community benefits from their successful reintegration to society. Below are a few of our office’s recent outreach activities.
Prescription Drug Take Back Day
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs.
Project Childsafe Memphis
Project ChildSafe Communities is supported by NSSF through a two-year $2.4 million grant by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). BJA awarded this grant to help promote additional firearms safety efforts on a national level by creating Project ChildSafe Communities in key cities around the country. In Memphis, the initiative will provide local law enforcement agencies with thousands of gun locks to distribute across the city.
“It’s a program that works, and the role it plays in keeping our kids safe is to be commended,” said Michael Dunavant, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. “I encourage our citizens to join me and responsible gun owners everywhere in taking the steps to properly and safely store their firearms when they aren’t in use.”
The initiative is partnering with several local organizations representing the education community, mental health and suicide prevention advocates and hunting and shooting groups to help share messages and information about responsible firearms storage.