Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun and gang crime in America by networking existing local programs that target gun and gun crime and providing these programs with additional tools necessary to be successful. Since its inception in 2001, approximately $2 billion has been committed to this initiative. This funding is being used to hire new federal and state prosecutors, support investigators, provide training, distribute gun lock safety kits, deter juvenile gun crime, and develop and promote community outreach efforts as well as to support other gun and gang violence reduction strategies.Outreach MaterialSee the print, television, and radio public service announcements that were produced to emphasize that illegal use or possession of firearms will not be tolerated and means jail time.LegislationPSN programs are authorized by Public Law 110-5, embedded secs. 101-104; Pub. L. 109-108, 119 Stat. 2290, 2302.
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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.
Read the latest PSN Case Study: Promising Strategies for Violence Reduction: Lessons from Two Decades of Innovation
Read about BJA Anti-Gang Activities and see a National Institute of Justice-funded evaluation of Project Safe Neighborhoods, which found that violent crime declined more in cities that used the program than in cities that did not. Case studies of nine cities also showed a decline in gun violence.
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Guns, Safety and Proactive Supervision: Involving Probation and Parole in Project Safe Neighborhoods
EligibilitySubrecipient eligibility is determined by the PSN Task Force Selection Subcommittee in each of the 94 USA districts. Starting in FY 2012, PSN funding to the districts was made on a competitive basis, with each district's chosen fiscal agent submitting the district's application to BJA.
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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
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Research Partner OrientationBJA in collaboration with Michigan State University (MSU) has developed a course for research partners that provide an overview of the role and expectations for the PSN task force research partner. 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). The Research Partner Orientation course (RPOC) is intended to support the more 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about civil gang injunction training.TA ProvidersFederal, 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:
National District Attorney's Association (NDAA)
International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
American Probation and Parole Association (APPA)
National Gang Center
Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS)
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PSN Anti-Gang Training:On September 26–28, 2007, the Department of Justice (DOJ) sponsored the PSN Anti-Gang Training pilot in Dover, Delaware. Approximately 160 law enforcement officers and criminal justice practitioners attended this initial training, which was delivered by DOJ law enforcement agencies and other criminal justice professionals. The pilot featured intervention, prevention, suppression, and reentry strategies, as well as a briefing on national and regional gang trends, a community gang problem assessment, and tips for working with cooperating witnesses and confidential informants.
Due to the success of the pilot program and the positive feedback and suggestions received from the subsequent trainings, DOJ followed up with a number of additional trainings from January 2008 through December 2011 at various locations across the country. These trainings featured a separate track for gang prevention and intervention personnel and, at the request of individual sites, offered an executive track to bring together key leaders in each jurisdiction to begin formulating strategic plans to address local gang issues.
At the conclusion of the final training in the series, which took place in Tampa, Florida, on December 6-8, 2011, DOJ and its federal and national partners had trained 6,359 sworn and non-sworn personnel.
Program Performance Reports:Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative: Final Report, April 2011–March 2012
Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) National Training and Technical Assistance Program FY 2015 Competitive Grant AnnouncementApplication Deadline: 04/09/2015, 11:59 PMThe 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 PMProject 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 AnnouncementApplication Deadline: 05/14/2014, 11:59 PMThe 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 AnnouncementApplication Deadline: 03/11/2013, 11:59 PMThe 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 AnnouncementApplication Deadline: 06/14/2012, 11:59 PMThis 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 AnnouncementApplication Deadline: 07/21/2011, 07:59 PMThis 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 AnnouncementApplication Deadline: 06/10/2010, 07:59 PMThis 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 AnnouncementApplication Deadline: 05/18/2010, 07:59 PMThis 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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