Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a nationwide initiative aimed at the reduction of gun and gang violence. It was first introduced in 2001 by then-president George W. Bush and was heavily influenced by programs such as Compstat, Operation Ceasefire, and Exile. Originally aimed at reducing gun violence, today PSN’s focus has shifted to a predominantly anti-gang initiative, though guns are tied heavily to gang violence and remain a secondary focus. PSN is administered through the 94 U.S. District Attorney’s Offices nationwide and supported by numerous partner agencies (e.g., CCI, CSG, IACP, MSU, NCPC, NDAA, NTTAC, COPS, RISS, WSSU), each of which provide unique knowledge and training or technical assistance. APPA is one of many partners who are authorized to provide PSN training to local jurisdictions through their US District Attorney. Learn more about PSN ».
The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) has received multiple awards from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to support the PSN anti-gang and anti-gun initiative. The goal of APPA is to provide guidance, training, and technical assistance to encourage the involvement of probation and parole professionals in local PSN collaboratives. APPA has been a partner with BJA and PSN since 2004 and has provided training for over 2,000 community corrections officers from more than 60 federal districts.
Probation and parole staff have invaluable information and contacts about their communities, current “hot spots” and issues as well as frequently scheduled (and unannounced) contact with their clients. Probation and parole staff can assist in identifying their clients most likely to possess firearms illegally and/or be affiliated with street gangs and can also benefit from the close working relationships with judges, prosecutors and other law enforcement personnel that may develop as a result of PSN.
In addition to the reports, webinars, and other resources provided on this website, APPA has funding available to support a variety of onsite trainings or technical assistance for local, state, or tribal jurisdictions (e.g., Helping Individuals Extricating Themselves from Gangs, Understanding Gang Structure, Hierarchy, and Leadership, Girls and Gangs and Gender-Responsive Services, and Native Youth Gangs in Urban and Indian Country Environments) through its PSN awards with BJA. If your agency is in need of a specific type of PSN-related training but lacks the funds necessary to support it, reach out to APPA. We may be able to help! Please get in contact with us at (859) 244-8058 or via e-mail at email@example.com. You can also submit a request online by completing the to the PSN TA Request Form or by contacting your U.S. District Attorney (find your U.S. District Attorney).
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