Session 323: RC43 -> Project Safe Neighborhoods: A Strategic Problem-Solving Initiative to Reduce Firearms Violence in Jurisdictions Nationwide
Time: 9:40AM to 11:10 AM on Friday, November 21
Place: Plaza 8
Session Chair: Lois Felson Mock, National Institute of Justice
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 strategic 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. Following a brief overview of the PSN initiative by the Panel Chair, three PSN Research Partners will describe the problem-solving process and resulting interventions characterizing program implementation their jurisdictions. The discussant, who provides training, technical assistance, and research coordination the PSN task force teams, will discuss the progress of the overall initiative and plans for future program monitoring and assessment.
Reducing Firearms Violence in Detroit Through the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative
by: Timothy S. Bynum, Michigan State University (Corresponding)
Reducing Firearms Violence in St. Louis Through the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative
by: Scott H. Decker, University of Missouri - St. Louis (Corresponding)
Reducing Firearms Violence in Rochester/Buffalo Through the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative
by: John Klofas, Rochester Institute of Technology (Corresponding)
Edmund F. McGarrell, Michigan State University

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