JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AWARDS ARKANSAS OVER
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) announced that Arkansans for a Safer Arkansas, located in Pine Bluff, will receive over $573,000 to implement their Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) strategy, which is part of a national program to target gun violence and violent crime in neighborhoods and communities across the country.
As part of the Administration’s commitment of $901 million over three years, 94 Project Safe Neighborhoods task forces are working to implement the coordinated strategy to reduce gun violence. Administered by OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and led by the U.S. Attorney in each of the federal judicial districts, each local program is tailored to fit the unique gun crime problem in that district in five essential areas:
“Project Safe Neighborhoods supports law enforcement efforts at every level to protect our citizens and hold criminals accountable, ” said Assistant Attorney General Deborah J. Daniels. “With these resources, Arkansas will work to target gun crimes with more aggressive prosecutions, and promote community outreach. Efforts such as these will help to protect communities and neighborhoods all across the country.”
Arkansans for a Safer Arkansas will partner with Arkansas elementary and middle schools to educate students on gun violence deterrence. Educational efforts on enhanced criminal penalties related to the use and possession of illegal firearms will be developed , in addition to an overall aggressive strategy in prosecuting gun related crimes throughout the state. For more information on Arkansas’s PSN initiative contact Stevan Dalrymple with the Arkansans For A Safer Arkansas at 870-541-5386.
Detailed information about the PSN federal partnership, training and outreach opportunities is available on the PSN Web site at www.psn.gov.
The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice and assist victims. OJP is headed by an Assistant Attorney General and comprises 5 component bureaus and 2 offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office for Victims of Crime, as well as the Executive Office for Weed and Seed, and the Office of Police Corps and Law Enforcement Education. Information about OJP programs, publications and conferences is available on the OJP Website, www.ojp.usdoj.gov.