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Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN)

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) represents a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the U.S.

PSN Objectives for Massachusetts

In order to meet the national goals of PSN, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts has identified several cities within the state to partner with and target vital PSN resources: 

  • Boston 
  • Brockton 
  • Fall River 
  • Holyoke
  • Lawrence
  • Lowell
  • Lynn
  • New Bedford
  • Springfield
  • Worcester

Past partnership with the U.S. Attorney's Office has help further enhance both the nation's and Massachusetts' commitment to implementing effective gang and gun violence reduction strategies. All PSN funding is intended to address one or more of the following PSN national objectives:

  • Implement programs and policies that work to reduce firearm-related crime
  • Encourage effective, ongoing collaborate arrangements with federal partners and establish new cooperative agreements where necessary
  • Enhance the partnership between local police departments, state police, federal law enforcement, local nonprofits, and probation/parole
  • Strengthen pre-trial and re-entry service programs for adult and juvenile offenders at risk
  • Implement anti-gang measures through innovative and collaborative initiatives
  • Develop and/or enhance non-traditional partnerships between faith-based and community-based programs and law enforcement
  • Develop policies, educational programs, and training for police departments for gun-related calls

Overall, the PSN program aims to meet its goals by implementing programs that encompasses PSN's 5 core elements:

  • Partnerships 
  • Strategic Planning
  • Training 
  • Outreach
  • Accountability