The U.S. Department of Justice Announces the National Public Safety Partnership to Reduce Violent Crime

On June 20, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of the National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) during his opening remarks for the National Summit on Crime Reduction and Public Safety. This partnership provides a framework for federal assistance to state, tribal, and local law enforcement officials and prosecutors in combatting violent crime, especially gun crime, drug trafficking, and gang violence. PSP will offer several local jurisdictions capacity-building, community engagement, and action plan development support, demonstrating the Attorney General and the Administration’s commitment to reducing violent crime in communities across the United States.

Twelve cities are joining the newly organized PSP, including:

  • Birmingham, Alabama;
  • Springfield, Illinois;
  • Indianapolis, Indiana;
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana;
  • Lansing, Michigan;
  • Kansas City, Missouri;
  • Buffalo, New York;
  • Cincinnati, Ohio;
  • Toledo, Ohio;
  • Jackson, Tennessee;
  • Memphis, Tennessee; and
  • Houston, Texas.

These sites will build on the crime reduction efforts of 15 sites previously involved in the pilot concept known as the Violence Reduction Network. PSP includes both a Diagnostic Approach and Operations Approach, which will enable DOJ to provide cities of different sizes and needs with evidence-based, data-driven solutions to meet their unique violent crime challenges. PSP is supported by several DOJ agencies, including the Office of Justice Programs; U.S. Attorneys’ Offices; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the U.S. Marshals Service; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Office on Violence Against Women; and the Office of Community Oriented Policing.

To read the full DOJ press release, click here.

For more information about PSP, click here