Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN)
Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide initiative that brings together federal, state, local, and tribal 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.
United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen leads several PSN efforts across the Western District of Virginia committed to reducing violence focused in the cities of Danville and Roanoke.
The Danville Division’s PSN program is designed to address unprecedented levels of violent crime in the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County. Specifically, federal, state, and local officials are working together to identify and prosecute gang members and reduce gang violence, while also supporting strategies that will have long last effects on crime prevention.
In partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Danville Police Department, the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office and the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Danville support these programs.
Major Enforcement announcements:
- June 14, 2018: Federal, state and local authorities announced the largest and most significant federal prosecution of organized gang activity in the Western District of Virginia in over a decade.
- July 25, 2018: Federal grand jury charges Danville man with committing numerous armed robberies of businesses in Danville, Bedford, and Rocky Mount.
- August 7, 2018: Danville Man Pleads Guilty to Seven Gun and Drug Charges
The Roanoke Division’s PSN Program is designed to address a significant increase in the number of shootings and other violent crimes within the City of Roanoke in recent years. Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies are working together to identify those responsible for these shootings, prosecuting the offenders, and supporting effective, long-lasting crime prevention programs.
Along with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, this program includes support from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Roanoke Police Department, and the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Roanoke.
Major Enforcement Announcements:
- March 12, 2018: Federal, state, and local authorities announce guilty plea of Roanoke man to illegal gun, drug charges.
- October 1, 2018: Federal, state, and local authorities announce federal RICO conspiracy charges in first major federal prosecution of organized gang activity in Roanoke as part of newly reinvigorated Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative.
The PSN Coordinator for the Western District of Virginia is Deputy Criminal Chief Heather L. Carlton. She can be reached at 434-293-4283.