U.S. Attorney General Sessions has announced almost $28 million in grant funding to support the Justice Department's Project Safe Neighborhoods program. Another $3 million for training and technical assistance to develop and implement violent crime reduction strategies and enhance services and resources for victims of violent crime was is also planned.
Of the almost $28 million, $247,251 has been allocated to the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council to support PSN in the Western District of Oklahoma. The Council was also allocated $157,363 for PSN in the Northern District of Oklahoma and $111,323 for PSN in the Eastern District of Oklahoma.
“Project Safe Neighborhoods is a proven program with demonstrated results,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “We know that the most effective strategy to reduce violent crime is based on sound policing policies that have proven effective over many years, which includes being targeted and responsive to community needs. I have empowered our United States Attorneys to focus enforcement efforts against the most violent criminals in their districts, and directed that they work together with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and community partners to develop tailored solutions to the unique violent crime problems they face. Each United States Attorney has prioritized the PSN program, and I am confident that it will continue to reduce crime, save lives, and restore safety to our communities.”
PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime, authorities said. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.