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Download FREE Recovered Firearms Guide App!

The Police Officer’s Guide to Recovered Firearms app is designed specifically for law enforcement officers to aid with processing recovered firearms while in the field and can be downloaded for free. The app features information on: firearms safety; identifying markings; using the NCIC gun file; tracing firearms and using ATF’s National Tracing Center (e-Trace); identifying persons prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms; training opportunities through IACP; and more. The mobile app and mobile web are provided through a partnership among BJA, ATF, and IACP and is a product of Project Safe Neighborhoods.


Nearly $6 Million in Project Safe Neighborhoods Funds Awarded

Grants totaling $5.7 million have been awarded by BJA through the 2016 Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction (Project Safe Neighborhoods, PSN) Program. The goal of PSN is to create safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in gang violence and gun crime. View the press release to learn more.


Reinvigoration of PSN Announced

In an effort to reduce violent crime, Attorney General Sessions has taken steps to strengthen the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program and other initiatives. Read the press release and see the corresponding memo to United States Attorneys to learn more.


Read the National Evaluation of the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort: Project Safe Neighborhoods – a National Program to Reduce Gun Crime.

CrimeSolutions.gov evidence rating: Project Safe Neighborhoods – Promising

Listen to the following International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) PSN Initiative podcasts:

Access the Project Safe Neighborhoods: Strategic Interventions studies:

See other related supporting documents including An Assessment of the Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative: Final Project Report.

Eligibility
Eligible applicants are PSN Task Force fiscal agents for the U.S. Attorney districts and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior). All fiscal agents must be certified by the relevant U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO). Eligible USAO-certified fiscal agents include states, units of local government, educational institutions, faith-based and other community organizations, private nonprofit organizations, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior). See U.S. Attorney Certification Process for the Fiscal Agent and Subrecipients for details on the fiscal agent certification process.

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New Resource: Identifying and Working With a Research Partner—Frequently Asked Questions and Answers from the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice

Training and Technical Assistance Providers
Federal, state and local partners engaged in the national PSN initiative have available to them a wide variety of no-cost training and technical assistance support. Partners include:

To request TTA, access the PSN Training and Technical Assistance Request Form (PDF).

Webinar
Watch the International Association of Chiefs of Police: Project Safe Neighborhoods Police-Research Partnerships webinar.

Research Partner Orientation
Considerable progress in addressing problems of crime, disorder, and violence has occurred since the nation experienced peaks of violent crime in the 1980s and early 1990s (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2008). Research suggests that innovative law enforcement practices based on data-driven problem solving, enhanced collaboration and partnerships, and focused enforcement have contributed to improved public safety and reduced crime (see e.g., Boston Gun Project – Braga et al., 2001; Kennedy et al., 2001; SACSI – McGarrell et al., 2006; Roehl et al., 2008; Corsaro and McGarrell, 2009; Corsaro and McGarrell, 2010; McGarrell et al. 2010). BJA in collaboration with Michigan State University (MSU) has developed a course for research partners and practitioners that provides an overview of the role and expectations for the PSN task force research partner.

The Research Partner Orientation course (RPOC) is intended to support the effective integration of the research partner into crime and violence reduction task forces/cross sector partnerships like PSN. The RPOC provides background on the evolution of the action research approach as well as specific elements of the Research Partner model (e.g., problem assessment, linking to evidence-based practice, ongoing assessment, and evaluation). With this foundation in place, the RPOC then works through the key components of making the partnership succeed. This is followed by a module on best practices for violence reduction as well as information on technical assistance to support the Research Partnership as well as the overall PSN initiative. For more information regarding the RPOC, contact Heather Perez, Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice, at perezh@msu.edu.

Darius Locicero
BJA Division Chief
202-305-2361
E-mail: Darius.LoCicero@usdoj.gov

C. Edward Banks, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Advisor
202-307-3081
E-mail: Edward.banks@usdoj.gov

Tamaro White
State Policy Advisor
202-353-3503
E-mail: Tamaro.White@usdoj.gov

IACP Project Safe Neighborhoods -- eTrace: Internet-Based Firearms Tracing and Analysis, BJA-Sponsored, August 2016. This fact sheet focuses on eTrace, a web-based application that tracks recovered firearms from the manufacturer or importer, to the wholesaler or retailer, to an unlicensed purchaser.
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IACP Project Safe Neighborhoods: Firearms in the Home, BJA-Sponsored, September 2016. This fact sheet presents information and data on firearms in homes and efforts to promote the safe storage of such firearms.
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IACP Project Safe Neighborhoods -- Firearms Violence: Scope of the Issue, BJA-Sponsored, September 2016. This fact sheet presents information and data on firearm violence and efforts to prevent such violence.
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IACP Project Safe Neighborhoods: National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), BJA-Sponsored, September 2016. This fact sheet provides information about the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, which was formed to establish an automated method to capture ballistic evidence from firearms crimes and digitally compare it to similar evidence from other crimes.
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IACP Project Safe Neighborhoods: Police-Corrections Partnerships, BJA-Sponsored, September 2016. This resource brief highlights the importance and benefits of police-corrections partnerships and how they can be used to prevent new offenses by the members of the community who are most likely to commit crimes.
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IACP Project Safe Neighborhoods: Witness Intimidation in the Era of Social Media, BJA-Sponsored, September 2016. This policy brief provides information about witness intimidation, how social media has changed the way suspects interact with potential witnesses, and what law enforcement can do to try to stop such intimidation.
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More BJA Publications

Awards, Allocations, and Other Resources:

FY 2015 Project Safe Neighborhoods:

FY 2014 Project Safe Neighborhoods:

FY 2013 Project Safe Neighborhoods:

FY 2012 Project Safe Neighborhoods:

FY 2011 Project Safe Neighborhoods:

FY 2010 Project Safe Neighborhoods:


Announcement:

Funding Released for PSN

BJA has released the FY 2017 Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program (Project Safe Neighborhood, PSN) funding opportunity. This program supports efforts to reduce gun crime and gang-related violence. Apply by: March 28, 2017.


Applications Being Accepted for Project Safe Neighborhoods

BJA is seeking applications for funding under the Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program, also known as Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). This program provides support to state, local, and tribal efforts to reduce gun crime and gang-related violence. Applications are due May 17, 2016.


Applications Being Accepted for the Smart Suite Training and Technical Assistance Program

The purpose of the FY 2016 Smart Suite Training & Technical Assistance Program competitive grant announcement is to select one provider to deliver a wide range of training and technical assistance services to researchers and practitioners in BJA's Smart Suite programs. Applications are due April 26, 2016.


Funding:

Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program: (Project Safe Neighborhoods) FY 2017 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/28/2017, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for funding under the Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program, also known as Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). This program furthers the Department’s mission and violent crime reduction strategy by providing support to state, local, and tribal efforts to reduce gun crime and gang-related violence.
Solicitation


Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program (Project Safe Neighborhoods) FY 2016 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 05/17/2016, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for funding under the Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program, also known as Project Safe Neighborhoods. This program furthers the Department’s mission and violent crime reduction strategy by providing support to state, local, and tribal efforts to reduce gun crime and gang-related violence.
Solicitation


Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) National Training and Technical Assistance Program FY 2015 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 04/09/2015, 11:59 PM
The PSN National TTA Program is designed to provide TTA resources that are critical to communities’ efforts to reduce gun-related crimes and violent criminal gangs.
Solicitation


Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program (Project Safe Neighborhoods) FY 2015 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/03/2015, 11:59 PM
Project Safe Neighborhoods is designed to create safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in crime associated with gang and gun violence. BJA is seeking proposals from applicants interested in developing innovative, comprehensive, data-driven approaches to reduce chronic gun crime and/or gang violence in their jurisdiction.
Solicitation


Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program (Project Safe Neighborhoods) FY 2014 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 05/14/2014, 11:59 PM
The Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program, also known as Project Safe Neighborhoods, provides support to state, local, and tribal efforts to reduce gun and gang-related violent crime.
Solicitation


Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program (Project Safe Neighborhoods) FY 2013 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/11/2013, 11:59 PM
The Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program, also known as Project Safe Neighborhoods, provides support to state, local, and tribal efforts to reduce gun and gang-related violent crime.
Solicitation


Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program (Project Safe Neighborhoods) FY 2012 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/14/2012, 11:59 PM
This program provides support to state, local, and tribal efforts to reduce gun and gang-related violent crime.
Solicitation


Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program (Project Safe Neighborhoods) FY 2011 Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 07/21/2011, 07:59 PM
This program provides support to state, local, and tribal efforts to reduce gun- and gang-related violent crime.
Solicitation


Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) FY 2010 Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/10/2010, 07:59 PM
This program provides grants to support and expand PSN task force efforts to reduce gun- and gang-related crime.
Solicitation


Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) National Training and Technical Assistance Program FY 2010 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 05/18/2010, 07:59 PM
This program supports the national delivery of training and technical assistance to communities to reduce the presence and impact of gun crime and criminal gangs throughout the nation.
Solicitation

 

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