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  NCJ Number: NCJ 240870     Find in a Library
  Title: Project Safe Neighborhoods: Strategic Interventions - Lowell, District of Massachusetts (Case Study 6)
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Jack McDevitt ; Anthony A. Braga ; Shea Cronin ; Edmund F. McGarrell ; Tim Bynum
  Date Published: 02/2007
  Page Count: 29
  Annotation: This report presents a case study on specific strategic interventions that have been implemented through Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN) in the city of Lowell in the PSN District of Massachusetts.
  Abstract: Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is an initiative developed by the U.S. Department of Justice to combat gun crime. PSN consists of a network of local partnerships coordinated through the Nation’s 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and supported by a strategy that provides them with the resources they need to be successful in reducing gun crime. The PSN initiative integrates five essential elements from successful gun crime reduction programs: partnerships, strategic planning, training, outreach, and accountability. This report presents an overview of the PSN initiative and focuses specific discussion on the PSN task force that operates in the city of Lowell in the PSN District of Massachusetts. The task force consists of the PSN coordinator and Federal prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office; local law enforcement including Lowell Police Department detectives; Federal law enforcement personnel from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; county prosecutors; probation officers; and researchers from Harvard and Northeastern Universities. The focus of the task force is to reduce violent and gun crime rates in the city of Lowell. The report presents detailed information on the current situation in Lowell, the development and implementation of PSN in the city, an analysis of the problem in the city, strategic interventions used by PSN, and an evaluation of the interventions used by city officials. Analysis of the strategies suggest that while the strategies have had an impact on reducing aggravated assaults with a firearm, they have had little impact on armed robberies with a gun or on gun-related calls-for-service. A positive impact of the strategies is the successful development and implementation of a multi-agency partnership that employs a research-driven, strategic problem-solving approach to reducing gun crime. Figures, references, and endnotes
  Main Term(s): Gun Violence
  Index Term(s): Violence ; Crime prevention measures ; Police crime-prevention ; Crime prevention planning ; Violence prevention ; NIJ grant-related documents ; Massachusetts
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2002-GP-CX-1003
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
  Type: Case Study
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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