Crime Prevention

Members of  the Community Solutions Task Force bow their heads in prayer before a "Ride Against Violence"

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a comprehensive, strategic approach to reducing gun crime in America. By linking together federal, state, and local law enforcement, prosecutors, and community leaders, PSN provides a multifaceted approach to deterring and punishing gun crime. The program was announced in May 2001 and implements President George W. Bush's promise to fight gun crime by building on effective programs across the United States.

The U.S. Attorney in each of the 94 federal judicial districts, working side by side with local law enforcement and other officials, has tailored the PSN strategy to fit the unique gun crime problem in that district. Criminals who use guns are prosecuted under federal, state, or local laws, depending on which jurisdiction can provide the most appropriate punishment. Each district engages in deterrence and prevention efforts through community outreach and media campaigns and ensures that law enforcement and prosecutors have the training necessary to make the program work.

Project Safe Neighborhoods: A Comprehensive Enforcement Strategy
Five essential elements are required for a vigorous and successful gun crime reduction strategy: (1) Partnerships, (2) Strategic Planning, (3) Training, (4) Community Outreach and Public Awareness, and (5) Accountability. Mindful of the varying problems facing each district, Project Safe Neighborhoods does not mandate a “one-size-fits-all” approach that supplants effective strategies already in place in each district. Instead, these elements are tailored to the needs of each individual district and the gun crime problem therein.

About  the Brevard County Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative
Gun Violence in Brevard County remains one of the highest priorities for local law enforcement. The propensity for physical and emotional trauma to victims and bystanders as well as the severity and certainty of injury by gun violence, is far reaching in both the act of shooting as well as the fear of the threat.
Building on DOJ’s strategic approach to community safety, the Weed and Gun Law Enforcement Initiative seeks to prevent and reduce crime and violence involving guns and gangs  in Weed and Seed designated neighborhoods throughout Brevard County and is designed to compliment DOJ’s initiative, Project Safe Neighborhoods. By creating partnerships and leveraging resources, Brevard County Weed and Seed, Operation Cease Fire, and the Department of Corrections Probation and Parole have developed a program design, which includes education, outreach, enforcement, and prosecution.

Community Outreach:
Working in collaboration with the countywide law enforcement agencies, upon any occurrence of reported gun and/ or gang violence, the outreach team visits the neighborhood to address current crime trends and how the neighborhood has been affected.  The team leader arranges a Town Hall Forum type meeting to engage the residents in dialogue about community safety. This enables the team to work with residents on promoting peer education, community awareness and support. The team also conducts field surveys as a tool to assist in creating anti-crime projects. Outreach specialists conduct quarterly outreach training sessions throughout the county in areas that have been identified as Hot Spots for guns and gangs, or other related criminal activities.

Day Care Centers, Schools and Community Groups
Arrange special presentations on gun safety, engaging students in candid discussions about guns and violence. At the end of each event, students are provided with information to take home and asked to take the Student Pledge Against Guns and Gangs” These activities culminate with a Youth Crime Prevention Summit, held annually in Brevard County.

Offender Notification Forums
After receiving an Offender Notification letter, offenders will attend a mandatory meeting where members of the multi-agency task force stress the consequences of owning or possessing a firearm or ammunition and the choices they have to make to ensure that they do not re-offend.  In stressing these choices, a series of speakers from various agencies discuss their programs and what offenders need to do to enroll or participate.


For more information, contact Outreach Coordinator & Trainer, Cheryl Lawson-Young

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