School of Criminal Justice

Project Safe Neighborhoods



Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a national anti-gun violence program sponsored by the US Department of Justice's (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).  PSN is directed by the lead law enforcement agent in each of the US Federal Districts, the Office of the US AttorneyGrand Valley State University and the School of Criminal Justice is pleased to serve as the Fiscal Agent and PSN Task Force advisor to the for the Western District of Michigan (WDMI).

Overview of PSN

Project Safe Neighborhoods is a comprehensive, strategic approach to reducing gun crime in America.  The various crime reduction initiatives in the past decade have taught us that, to have a truly significant impact, the federal government must do more than just increase its arrest and prosecution numbers.  Our efforts must be comprehensive.  We must build effective partnerships with our state and local counterparts.  We must enhance our capacity to obtain and analyze crime and other data that should guide our strategies and afford us the opportunity to measure the impact of our efforts.  We must maintain an edge in the attack on gun crime by providing expansive and comprehensive training for federal, state, and local law enforcement officers and prosecutors. We must convey the priorities, message, and results of our efforts to the media and community members.  And we must build a powerful and lasting coalition with our citizens - one that empowers them to be agents of change in their own communities.

The current program is committed to an all-out assault on gun crime and to date the federal government has committed over one billion dollars to this effort over four years.  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 crime reduction strategies.

For a full report about Project Safe Neighborhoods,
click here.


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