Reducing Firearms Violence in Rochester/Buffalo Through the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative

John Klofas, Rochester Institute of Technology

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a Federal government (DOJ/ATF) initiative aimed at reducing gun violence at the local level. Recognizing that firearms violence problems are locally based, this national initiative is actually 93 separate programs, coordinated by each U.S. Attorney for his jurisdiction. Task forces of law enforcement and other agencies, working with a research partner and a community outreach partner, have been formed in each jurisdiction to examine its local gun violence problem in detail and design strrategic interventions to reduce it. While law enforcement tactics (arrest, prosecution, and incarceration) are among those implemented, the initiative employs deterrence as the primary problem-solving approach.

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Updated 05/20/2006