Project Safe Neighborhoods
Contracting Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance

The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) continue to support the involvement of probation and parole agencies in the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) anti-gun and -gang initiatives. This project assists communities and their stakeholders in the reduction of the negative effects associated with gun and gang violence by providing training and technical assistance to improve knowledge, communication, and collaboration regarding reentry strategies for justice system professionals. To accomplish this goal, APPA has identified two overarching objectives: 1) To develop resources and disseminate information that promotes effective community supervision policies and procedures, designed to address issues of gang and gun violent offenders; and, 2) Provide training and technical assistance, clearinghouse services, research, and advocacy for the field of corrections.

In support of PSN, APPA has in the past provided a trainer for each of the regional PSN training events across the country to promote the involvement of probation and parole in anti-gang initiatives. Local agencies may request onsite training and/or technical assistance from APPA concerning gang or gun issues by completing the PSN T/TA Request Form. Additional T/TA providers include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); Community Corrections Institute (CCI); Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center; International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); Michigan State University (MSU), National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), National Gang Center (NGC), National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC), Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS), and Winston Salem State University (WSSU).

In addition, APPA has developed several publications (see Bowman, 2005; DeMichele & Matz, 2010; Matz, Lowe, & DeMichele, 2011; Muller & Dunlap, 2006; Thornton, Burrell, Dunlap, & Schweer, 2006) including a guidelines document (DeMichele & Matz, 2012), and conducted workshops at the APPA institutes and other conferences. A PSN partner since 2004, APPA has provided training (e.g., safe search and seizure) and a website to assist and inform the field of community corrections and justice systems abroad. Several free online trainings/webinars are also available including the APPA C.A.R.E. Model: Responding to Gang Violence in Reentry Planning, Supervising Gang Members in Rural Communities, Conducting an Effective Legal and Safe Search (Part I), Conducting an Effective and Legal and Safe Search (Part II), and Proactive Supervision: Taking Guns into Account.

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Project Manager
Adam Matz, M.S.
Research Associate
American Probation and Parole Association
PO Box 11910
Lexington, KY 40578–1910
Phone: (859) 244-8058
Fax: (859) 244-8001