OverviewProject Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is designed to create and foster safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in violent crime, including, but not limited to, addressing criminal gangs and the felonious possession and use of firearms. The program's effectiveness depends upon the ongoing coordination, cooperation, and partnerships of local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies--and the communities they serve--engaged in a unified approach led by the U.S. Attorney (USA) in all 94 districts. Through the PSN team (referred to as the "PSN task force"), each district implements the following PSN design features to address violent crime in their respective districts:
PSN also encourages the development of practitioner-researcher partnerships that use data, evidence, and innovation to create strategies and interventions that are effective and make communities safer. This data-driven approach enables jurisdictions to understand the full nature and extent of the crime challenges they are facing and to direct resources to the highest priorities.
Strategic Planning Strategic planning provides the roadmap for creating clear understanding of PSN goals and the strategies to achieve the goals. Going though the planning process helps build commitment and helps partners understand why the PSN team is addressing the violence program in this fashion. Understanding "why" is crucial for effective implementation and sustainability over time. See the Project Safe Neighborhoods Strategic Action Plan Template for additional information.
PSN Tool Kit The Department of Justice has created a Project Safe Neighborhoods Tool Kit website for U.S. Attorneys. This website contains program-specific information and resources, including implementation guidance, accountability information, research and data, promising practices, and more.
CrimeSolutions.gov Evidence Rating: Project Safe Neighborhoods – Promising (February 9, 2016)
Eligibility Eligible applicants are PSN team fiscal agents for the federal judicial districts. All fiscal agents must be certified by the relevant United States 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. BJA recommends that districts select their current PSN fiscal agent, or consider using the State Administering Agency (SAA) for DOJ funding because SAAs can better leverage state resources to assist in the implementation of the district's PSN initiative. SAAs have experience in administering competitive funding processes and have established policies and procedures to manage and monitor grant subawards. Visit the OJP site for a list of SAAs.
Important Resources See the following websites and resources for additional information and assistance regarding PSN and the PSN opportunity:
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Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Training and Technical Assistance Portal With funding support from BJA, the National Center for Victims of Crime has launched the PSN Training and Technical Assistance Portal to help PSN task forces integrate victim services into their work. The site features victim-centered, trauma-informed materials for service providers and law enforcement officials who work with victims of violent crime.
Assistance of BJA's Training and Technical Assistance Providers PSN award recipients will work closely with BJA's national PSN training and technical assistance (TTA) partners who will help them incorporate data driven policing in their response to violent crime. BJA has established cooperative agreements with the following organizations to provide specialized TTA:
If you are seeking training and technical assistance for your district's PSN Program, please complete and submit the request form.
Additional TTA Resources:
Resource: Identifying and Working With a Research Partner—Frequently Asked Questions and Answers from the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice
National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC): Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Training and Technical Assistance Portal
Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Training and Technical Assistance
Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Tool Kit (restricted access)
Public Safety Clearinghouse
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA): Center for Research Partnerships and Program Evaluation (CRPPE)
Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy: Community Policing and Procedural Justice
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Awards, Allocations, and Other Resources:
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