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PSN Solicitation Released

BJA has released the FY 2014 Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program (Project Safe Neighborhoods) solicitation. Applications are due May 12, 2014.


PSN-Sponsored Tactical Training

The Community Corrections Institute, through Project Safe Neighborhoods, will present "Natural Response Control Tactics Level I Instructor Certification" training on April 21-25, 2014, in Honolulu, HI. The class is limited to 30 participants, and registration closes April 11, 2014.


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.


Training for Law Enforcement and Corrections

The Community Corrections Institute, in partnership with BJA through the Project Safe Neighborhoods program, is offering training for law enforcement and corrections professionals. Training topics include Managing Gang Members: Arrest to Reentry; Issues in Working with Native Gangs; Natural Response Control Tactics; and Safety in Search and Seizure.


New Law Enforcement Practitioner Briefs Available

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro have released three Practitioner Briefs in their "Sustaining Focused Deterrence Strategies in the Middle District of North Carolina" series, funded through Project Safe Neighborhoods. Also, WSSU and the Winston-Salem Police Department have released "Winston-Salem Intelligent-Led Policing: A Blueprint for Implementing Smart Policing Building Blocks."


BJA Awards $5.1 Million in PSN Grants

Under the FY 2013 Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, BJA has awarded $5.1 million to 16 communities to create safer neighborhoods through reducing crime associated with gang and gun violence.


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.

PSN-Related Press Releases:

PSN-Related News Articles:

Access the Project Safe Neighborhoods: Strategic Interventions studies:

Guns, Safety and Proactive Supervision: Involving Probation and Parole in Project Safe Neighborhoods

Eligibility
Subrecipient 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.


Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program (Project Safe Neighborhoods) FY 2014 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 05/12/2014, 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

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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

View Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Training and Technical Assistance Providers (PDF)

Access the PSN Training and Technical Assistance Request Form (PDF)

Now available: Meet the PSN Training and Technical Assistance Providers Webinar

Research Partner Orientation
BJA 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 perezh@msu.edu.

Learn about civil gang injunction training.

TA 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:

James Chavis
Senior Polcy Advisor
202-307-0688
E-mail: james.chavis@usdoj.gov

Tammy Reid
BJA Division Chief
202-305-2361
E-mail: tammy.reid@usdoj.gov

Gregory Joy
Policy Advisor
202-514-1369
E-mail: Gregory.Joy@usdoj.gov

Guns, Safety and Proactive Supervision: Involving Probation and Parole in Project Safe Neighborhoods, The primary purpose of this monograph is to provide probation, parole, community supervision officers, and their agencies with a framework to assist them in planning, implementing, and enhancing services provided to offenders who may possess firearms.
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Practical Guide to Media Outreach for Project Safe Neighborhoods, (NCJ 214120), The Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Academy for Educational Development, Ctr for Youth Development and Policy Research, 2006. This report presents guidelines to assist Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Task Forces as they engage their local media in partnership and support.
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Project Safe Neighborhoods: Strategic Interventions - Chronic Violent Offenders Lists (Case Study 4), (NCJ 240868), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2006. This Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) case study focuses on chronic violent offenders lists.
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Project Safe Neighborhoods: Strategic Interventions - Gun Prosecution Case Screening (Case Study 1), (NCJ 240865), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2006. This Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) case study focuses on gun prosecution case screening.
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Project Safe Neighborhoods: Strategic Interventions - Lowell, District of Massachusetts (Case Study 6), (NCJ 240870), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2007. This Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) case study focuses on the Lowell district of Massachusetts.
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Project Safe Neighborhoods: Strategic Interventions - Offender Notification Meetings (Case Study 2), (NCJ 240866), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2006. This Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) case study focuses on offender notification meetings.
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Project Safe Neighborhoods: Strategic Interventions-Crime Incident Reviews (Case Study 3), (NCJ 240867), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2006. This Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) case study focuses on crime incident reviews.
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Project Safe Neighborhoods: Strategic Interventions-Eastern District of Missouri (Case Study 7), (NCJ 240871), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2007. This Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) case study focuses on the eastern district of Missouri.
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Project Safe Neighborhoods: Strategic Interventions-Middle District of Alabama (Case Study 5), (NCJ 240865), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2007. This Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) case study focuses on the middle district of Alabama.
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Project Safe Neighborhoods: Strategic Interventions-Strategic Problem-Solving Responses to Gang Crime and Gang Problems (Case Study 8), (NCJ 240872), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2007. This Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) case study focuses on the strategic problem-solving responses to gang crime and gang problems.
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Awards, Allocations, and Other Resources:

FY 2012 Project Safe Neighborhoods:

FY 2011 Project Safe Neighborhoods:

FY 2010 Project Safe Neighborhoods:

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


Funding:

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