The Department of Justice (DOJ) Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program is a nationwide initiative that brings together federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials, prosecutors, community-based partners, and other stakeholders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.
PSN is coordinated by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices (USAOs) in the 94 federal judicial districts throughout the 50 states and U.S. territories. PSN is customized to account for local violent crime problems and resources. An important aspect of PSN is to incorporate research and analysis to inform the decision-making process on the most effective violence reduction strategies.
Across all districts, PSN follows four key design elements of successful violent crime reduction initiatives: community engagement, prevention and intervention, focused and strategic enforcement, and accountability. For more information, please see the Project Safe Neighborhoods Blueprint for Success.
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.
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.
PSN is supported by a robust training and technical assistance (TTA) program. Please visit the PSN TTA website for more information on available resources to support PSN initiatives.
- FY 2018 USAO Strategic Action Plan
- FY 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods Summary of Competition Checklist
- Visit the Publications and Archives pages for additional resources