October 24, 2018
A recent release by the United States Attorney J. Douglas Overbey Eastern District of Tennessee’s office announced that Attorney General Sessions commemorated the reinvigoration of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.
The AG also announced awards of almost $28 million in grant funding to combat violent crime through PSN and 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. That is good news for The Eastern District of Tennessee as the region was awarded $294,968 for use by the recently formed PSN Task Force, consisting of representatives from local, state and federal law enforcement, in its efforts to reduce violent crime in the district.
“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.”
“We are committed to driving down violent crime across the Eastern District of Tennessee,” said U.S. Attorney J. Douglas Overbey. “The PSN Task Force plans to attack the violent crime problem by identifying significant offenders and targeting them for prosecution. Though collaboration and cooperation with our local, state and federal law enforcement and prosecutorial partners, our goal is to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer.”
The release in part added that PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. 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.
Through the enhanced PSN, the Department is targeting the most violent criminals in the most violent areas, utilizing policing tools that did not exist even a few years ago. Tools like crime gun intelligence centers (CGIC), which combine intelligence from gunshot detection systems, ballistics, gun tracing, and good old-fashioned police work, help to develop real-time leads on the “traffickers and trigger pullers” who are fueling the violence in their communities. By using modern technologies and cutting-edge police work, the Justice Department is deploying resources strategically to provide the greatest return on our community-based anti-violence efforts, the release said.