The U.S. Department of Justice added ten new National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) sites in areas with elevated crime rates. DOJ says partnerships provide frameworks for increasing federal support for state, local and tribal law enforcement officials to pursue violent criminals those involved in gun crime, drug trafficking and gang violence. Attorney General William Barr said that several participating cities have seen “dramatic reductions in violent crime over the past two years.” As we expand this program to 10 more cities across America, we are determined to replicate that success.”
The National Public Safety Partnership initiative was started in June 2017. To be considered for selection, a site must have sustained levels of violence that far exceed the national average and demonstrate a commitment to reducing crime. Cities must comply with federal immigration requirements. The ten new sites are Anniston, Al., Oxford, Al., Anchorage, Ak., Davenport, Ia, Wichita, Ks., Baton Rouge, La., Baltimore, Cleveland, Amarillo, Tx., and Harris County, Tx. More than 30 cities have participated in PSP. The primary participating Justice Department components include the Office of Justice Programs, Office on Violence Against Women, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, FBI, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Marshals Service. For more information, visit nationalpublicsafetypartnership.org.