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Project Safe Neighborhoods: America's Network Against Gun Violence

Although U.S. violent crime rates have been declining steadily and are now at a 30-year low, gun violence, particularly homicide, continues to be a significant problem. Death by firearms accounted for 67 percent of all homicides in 2002.1

To combat gun crime, in 2001 President George W. Bush created an aggressive, comprehensive gun crime reduction strategy called Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). By linking federal, state, and local law enforcement, prosecutors, and community leaders, PSN provides a multifaceted approach to deterring and punishing gun crime. It represents a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime by providing locally based programs with the tools and resources they need to succeed.

PSN is committed to building effective federal, state, and local partnerships; using research tools to assist with guiding local strategies and measuring their impact; providing comprehensive training; conveying the initiative?s priorities, message, and results to the community and the media; and building a strong and lasting coalition with citizens so they will be agents of change in their own communities.

1. Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2003, Crime in the United States 2002, Uniform Crime Reports, Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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