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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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PSN TTA logoProject 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:

  • Michigan State University (MSU)
  • Center for Naval Analysis (CNA)
  • National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC)

If you are seeking training and technical assistance for your district's PSN Program, please complete and submit the request form.

Additional TTA Resources:

  • BJA’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC): BJA 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.

  • 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.

  • Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS): The COPS Office provides assistance to law enforcement agencies looking for ways to implement the principles of community policing.

  • Violence Reduction Response Center (VRRC): VRRC was established to connect state, local, and tribal justice agencies with violent crime reduction training and technical assistance resources offered by the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • National Resource and Technical Assistance Center for Improving Law Enforcement Investigations (NRTAC): The NRTAC delivers specific technical assistance to eligible departments on a wide range of topics that are directly related to conducting high-quality investigations.

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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Senior Policy Advisor - Law Enforcement

Project Safe Neighborhoods: One Year Progress Report, Bureau of Justice Assistance, March 2019. This report highlights elements of the PSN strategy, the status of implementation across the country, recent successes, and resources to support PSN programs.

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN): Research Foundation, BJA-Sponsored, November 2018. This report provides summaries of evaluations of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) and programs similar to PSN. The evaluations have been selected from, publicly available reports, and academic journals.

Common Components of Successful PSN Strategies, BJA-Sponsored, November 2018. This resource contains guidelines for and components a United States Attorney's Office should consider implementing when devising a comprehensive Project Safe Neighborhoods strategy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Promising Strategies for Violence Reduction: Lessons From Two Decades of Innovation (Project Safe Neighborhoods Case Study 13), This Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Case Study describes key elements of promising interventions that have been shown to prevent and reduce levels of crime and violence at the local level.

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Awards, Allocations, and Other Resources:

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Case Studies:

An Assessment of the Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative: Final Project Report (July 20, 2012)



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