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Senior Litigation Lawyer and Director of Community Outreach Cindy Cipriani (619) 546-9608

SUMMARY OF THE PRESS RELEASE – December 10, 2021

SAN DIEGO – The Department of Justice announced today that it has awarded more than $ 17.5 million in grants to support the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program. The funding will support efforts across the country to tackle violent crime, including gun violence which is often at its heart. The Southern California District received $ 185,384.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), part of the ministry’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), will administer the 88 grants awarded to designated tax officers to support local PSN projects that work in partnership with prosecutors’ offices. Americans. . The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is the tax agent for the Southern District of California.

“This latest Safe Neighborhoods project grant is essential in tackling the violent crime that threatens cities and towns across our country,” Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco said. “Keeping all Americans safe is the Justice Department’s top priority, but when it comes to violent crime, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. We need to work closely with local public safety agencies as well as community organizations to develop individual strategies unique to the needs of each community. Programs like Project Safe Neighborhoods and the funding it provides allow us to do just that.

“Through the Safe Neighborhoods Project, a wide range of stakeholders are working together to identify the most pressing violent crime issues in the community and develop comprehensive prosecution and community outreach solutions to address them,” the US prosecutor said by interim Randy Grossman. “Our grants have been distributed to local law enforcement and community organizations to prevent gun violence, facilitate return, reduce gang membership and other important programs. This money is an investment in public safety.

In the current funding cycle, the Southern District of California PSN Task Force plans to fund violent crime law enforcement efforts and nonprofit agencies that focus on gang prevention, the intervention against violence and facilitating a successful return to the community after detention. District PSN Awards over the past two years have funded red flag law enforcement, youth mentoring, credible messaging programs, and research on ways to measure success and build mentoring capacity through lived experience.

“Investing in our communities, supporting victims and building a justice system that ensures the safety of people and earns their trust – these are mutually reinforcing goals that are at the heart of the Safe Neighborhoods project,” said the Minister of Justice. Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General Amy L. Solomon for OJP. “The Office of Justice Programs is pleased to join our U.S. law offices and jurisdictions across the country as we work together to address the challenges of crime and violence and realize our shared aspirations of public safety and community trust. “

In May 2021, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced a new effort to reduce violent crime, including gun violence which is often at its heart. Part of that effort was the revitalization of PSN, a two-decade-old evidence-based, community-based program focused on reducing violent crime. The updated PSN approach, described in Comprehensive Violent Crime Reduction Strategy published by the Deputy Attorney General of Monaco, is guided by four key principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community organizations that help prevent violence, setting targeted and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring results of our efforts. The fundamental goal is to reduce violent crime, not just to increase the number of arrests or prosecutions.

This fall, U.S. prosecutors’ offices across the country stepped up their violent crime reduction efforts to ensure alignment with the department’s comprehensive violent crime reduction strategy. U.S. prosecutors’ offices are engaged in outreach to law enforcement and other community-serving agencies and organizations to identify the main drivers of violence in their districts. Working with a broad coalition of stakeholders, U.S. prosecutors’ offices are tackling the most pressing violent crime issues in their districts to make our neighborhoods safer for all.

PSN programs are led by U.S. prosecutors’ offices in conjunction with local public safety agencies, community stakeholders, and other agencies and organizations working to reduce violent crime.

For a list of all beneficiaries, please visit: https://www.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh241/files/media/document/FY21-Project-Safe-Neitherhoods-Awards.pdf.

Information on these and other grants for the Office of Justice Programs’ 2021 fiscal year can be found online on the OJP Grants page.

The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to enhance the country’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, advance racial equity in administration justice, assist victims and strengthen the rule of law. You can find more information about OJP and its components at www.ojp.gov