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FY 2017 Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program (PSN) Funding Awards

Reinvigoration of PSN Announced (October 5, 2017)

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.

All district-based PSN programs must have the following standard features:

  1. Leadership by the United States Attorney
  2. Partnerships at all levels of law enforcement and with the community
  3. Targeted and prioritized enforcement efforts that:
    1. Utilize the full range of available data, methods, and advances in technology to identify the offenders who are driving violent crime rates in the most violent locations in the district.
    2. Ensure prosecution of those offenders in the federal, state, local, or tribal system—whichever provides the most certain and appropriate sanction.
  4. Prevention of additional violence by prioritizing efforts such as:
    1. Ensuring public awareness of the violent crime reduction strategy and enforcement results.
    2. Communicating directly to offenders about the consequences of continuing violent behaviors.
    3. Supporting locally based prevention and reentry efforts.
  5. Accountability for results based on outcome (e.g., reduction in violent crime) in addition to output (e.g., implementation of key strategies, numbers of investigations and prosecutions).

Foundations of PSN and Promising Strategies

Common Components of Successful PSN Strategies

Read the National Evaluation of the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort: Project Safe Neighborhoods – a National Program to Reduce Gun Crime (February 2009).

CrimeSolutions.gov Evidence Rating: Project Safe Neighborhoods – Promising (February 9, 2016)

Access the Project Safe Neighborhoods: Strategic Interventions studies:

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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As part of the enhanced PSN Program, the Department of Justice makes available training and technical assistance (at no cost) to state, local, and tribal partners to ensure they have the information they need to succeed. Some examples of training and technical assistance that may be particularly relevant include:

• Gun Crime Investigations
• Effective Prosecution of Gun and Gang Cases
• Crime Gun Identification and Tracing
• Strategic Problem Solving
• Social Network Analysis
• Community Policing and Procedural Justice
• Characteristics of an Armed person
• Drug Market Intervention
• Safety in Search and Seizure
• Gang and Group Violence Intervention
• Community Outreach and Engagement
• Basic and Advanced Gang Investigations
• Using Data and Crime Analysis to be more Strategic
• Identifying, Selecting, and Implementing Effective Programs & Strategies
• Building Trust in the Community
• Sustainability 

If you are seeking training and technical assistance for your district’s PSN Program, please complete and submit this request form:

https://www.bja.gov/Programs/PSN/psn_ta_request_frm.pdf.

BJA’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center
BJA’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) connects state, local, and tribal justice agencies in need of assistance with specialized national experts to help address those needs. The justice agencies that BJA NTTAC assists range from prosecutor’s offices, to police departments, to city and county commissioners, to corrections departments. The goal is to provide these agencies the resources needed to reduce crime while also promoting a safe and fair criminal justice system. To achieve this goal, BJA NTTAC provides no-cost training and specialized guidance—also known as technical assistance—both in-person and virtually on a wide variety of criminal justice topics ranging from crime prevention, to mental health, to adjudication. To learn more, visit: https://www.bjatraining.org/.  

The Public Safety Partnership Clearinghouse
The Public Safety Clearinghouse is a tool that will change the way you find, save, and share violence reduction resources. Designed to leverage the violence reduction resources produced by components throughout the Department of Justice, the Clearinghouse is a comprehensive database containing hundreds of off-the-shelf resources such as trainings, technical assistance, publications, webinars, best practices, lessons learned, and evidence-based strategies. It is interactive and allows you to develop and download a customized toolkit of resources based on your unique challenges and opportunities. To learn more, visit: https://www.nationalpublicsafetypartnership.org/Clearinghouse.

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Diagnostic Center
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Diagnostic Center is a resource designed to provide local leaders and law enforcement with customized assistance in addressing violent and other serious crimes. By analyzing local data and providing tailored assistance, the Diagnostic Center helps communities invest in what works by turning to data-driven solutions to address serious public safety issues at the state, city, county, and tribal levels. Diagnostic Center assistance is intended to build community capacity to use data to make short-and long-term evidence-based decisions about public safety challenges. Specifically, the Diagnostic Center works collaboratively with community leaders to understand the scope of their unique crime problems, provide analysis and recommendations for local consideration, and implement data-driven strategies to improve public safety and advance the criminal justice field. These efforts ensure that limited, local resources are invested wisely and communities reap better public safety outcomes. To learn more, visit: https://www.ojpdiagnosticcenter.org/about-us

BJA training and technical assistance partners include:

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

 

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

Kate McNamee
Senior Policy Advisor - Law Enforcement
202-598-5248
E-mail: Catherine.McNamee@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

See other related supporting documents including An Assessment of the Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative: Final Project Report (July 20, 2012).

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:

Supporting Innovation: Field-Initiated Programs to Improve Officer and Public Safety

Part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Suite of programs, the FY 2018 Supporting Innovation: Field-Initiated Programs to Improve Officer and Public Safety solicitation invites state, local and tribal law enforcement, prosecutors, and other criminal justice practitioners to pilot, assess, and implement original approaches that target emerging or chronic crime problems facing the country and placing our officers and public at risk. Deadline extended to: August 6, 2018.


Project Safe Neighborhoods

BJA has released the FY 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods funding opportunity. Through this program, BJA will provide support to state, local, and tribal efforts to reduce violent crime, including but not limited to, felonious firearm crimes and criminal gang violence. Apply by: July 19, 2018.


Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) National Training and Technical Assistance Program

BJA has released the FY 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) National Training and Technical Assistance Program funding opportunity. This program furthers the Department’s mission and violent crime reduction strategy by building the capacities of communities to reduce violent crime, including but not limited to, the felonious use and possession of firearms and criminal gang violence, through the national delivery of training and technical assistance. Apply by: July 9, 2018.


Strategies for Policing Innovation

The FY 2018 Strategies for Policing Innovation solicitation is now available. Part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Suite of programs, this program assists state, local and tribal jurisdictions in reducing crime and improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, specifically through support for innovative and evidence-based policing practices. Apply by: May 21, 2018.


Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center Integration Initiative

BJA has released the FY 2018 Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center Integration Initiative solicitation. Part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Suite of programs, this initiative assists law enforcement in responding to violent crime and working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to utilize intelligence, technology, and community engagement to swiftly identify crime guns, their sources, and effectively prosecute perpetrators. Apply by: May 7, 2018.


Technology Innovation for Public Safety (TIPS) Addressing Precipitous Increases in Crime

The FY 2018 Technology Innovation for Public Safety (TIPS) solicitation is now available. Through this program, BJA is seeking applications for the implementation of innovative and replicable projects that combat precipitous increases in crime, with an emphasis on addressing violent crime, human trafficking, and the opioid crisis. TIPS is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Suite of programs. Apply by: May 1, 2018.


Innovative Prosecution Solutions Funding Available

BJA has released the FY 2018 Innovative Prosecution Solutions for Combating Violent Crime and Illegal Opioids solicitation. The purpose of this program is to provide state, local, and tribal prosecutors with information, resources, and training and technical assistance to develop effective strategies and programs to address violent crime and prosecute individuals responsible for homicides caused by illegal opioids. Apply by: April 24, 2018.


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.


Funding:

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Application Deadline: 07/19/2018, 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 violent crime, including but not limited to, felonious firearm crimes and criminal gang violence.
Solicitation


Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) National Training and Technical Assistance Program
Application Deadline: 07/09/2018, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for funding under the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) National Training and Technical Assistance Program. PSN is the lead initiative in a suite of programs focused on reducing violent crime.
Solicitation


Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center Integration Initiative
Application Deadline: 05/07/2018, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for funding to address illegal firearm-related crime and forensics. The Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center Integration Initiative is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Suite of programs, which is focused on reducing violent crime.
Solicitation


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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